New passenger restrictions on airlines operating in the US?
According to a statement posted Saturday morning on Air Canada’s Web site, the Transportation Security Administration will severely limit the behavior of both passengers and crew during flights in United States airspace — restricting movement in the final hour of flight. Late Saturday morning, the T.S.A. had not yet included this new information on its own Web site.
“Among other things,” the statement in Air Canada’s Web site read, “during the final hour of flight customers must remain seated, will not be allowed to access carry-on baggage, or have personal belongings or other items on their laps.”
Here’s a better idea. Remove all the seats and replace them with those trolleys that the Hannibal Lecter was moved around on in Silence of the Lambs. When you go through security you get strapped in and wheeled to the gate. then when the plane boards they wheel you on and lock you in place. No danger at any point during the flight. I would recommend wearing depends for long trips. This solution would pose a problem as far as the new requirements to allow passengers to deplane after 3 hours of being stuck on a runway but maybe they could just pump ’em full of Ambien so they sleep for their entire time on the plane.
Seriously, this is asinine. If people are restricted from movement during the final hour of a flight the smart al-Qaeda operative will just blow the plane up in the final hour and a half. The thing to do is to improve screening. Both of persons (terrorist links etc.) and physical (baggage, carry-ons, physical searches of people). At least that’s my opinion.
Update – New screening measures are being put in place, and while they will be inconvenient I support these –
On its Web site, American Airlines said the T.S.A. had ordered new measures for flights departing from foreign locations to the United States, including mandatory screening of all passengers at airport gates during the boarding process. All carry-on items also would be screened at boarding, the airline said. It urged passengers to leave extra time for screening and boarding.
Earlier in the day, British Airways had announced on its Web site that passengers flying from London to the United States would be allowed to carry only one item onto a plane. Air Canada also announced that restriction for its United States-bound passengers.
These measures were not mentioned earlier.
Another update – I was just thinking. Airlines must be loving this. Think of all the extra money they are going to be making off checked baggage fees. maybe we should get Jesse “the mind(less)” Ventura and his show Conspiracy Theory on this, because if there is one thing his time in government taught him it’s “Follow the money”.