Post-Christmas on a plane is going to suck

28/12/2009

In response to the attempted terrorist attack on an airplane Christmas day the TSA has a new set of guidelines for which all people travelling on an airplane (to or from the US) must adhere. These guidelines have leaked, and they are pretty ridiculous. Of the list here are a few that stand out:

  • The aircraft operator or authorized air carrier representative must ensure all passengers are screened at the boarding gate during the boarding process
  • Perform thorough pat-down of all passengers at boarding gate prior to boarding, concentrating on upper legs and torso.
  • Physically inspect 100 percent of all passenger accessible property at the boarding gate prior to boarding
  • Passengers must remain in seats beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
  • Passenger access to carry-on baggage is prohibited beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
  • Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.
  • While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
  • Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.

It seems as if the US government is sure that the rate of explosive underwear will increase after the attempted attacks. It’s also a massive bummer to see that in-flight wifi is going to take a dive because of this. The best part is how most people probably didn’t even know about this all.

To read the full security directive, check out the link below.

[Boarding Area]

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