Airlines: New rules keep passengers in seats

Posted: December 27th, 2009 by Militant Libertarian

Here is the Jerky Boy response to the guy with a damned firecracker on a plane.  Reportedly some crazed Nigerian.  Probably just hoping to get arrested so he wouldn’t have to go home to his God-forsaken country.  I won’t be surprised to find out he’s a good friend of Ted Turner’s and on the payroll either.

from the Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Some airlines were telling passengers on Saturday that new government security regulations prohibit them from leaving their seats beginning an hour before landing

The regulations are a response to a suspected terrorism incident on Christmas Day.

Air Canada said in a statement that new rules imposed by theTransportation Security Administration limit on-board activities by passengers and crew in U.S. airspace. The airline said that during the final hour of flight passengers must remain seated. They won’t be allowed access to carryon baggage or to have any items on their laps.

Flight attendants on some domestic flights are informing passengers of similar rules. Passengers on a flight from New York to Tampa Saturday morning were also told they must remain in their seats and couldn’t have items in their laps, including laptops and pillows.

The TSA issued a security directive for U.S.-bound flights from overseas, according to a transportation security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

The official said passengers traveling internationally could see increased security screening at gates and when they check their bags, as well as additional measures on flights such as stowing carryons and personal items before the plane lands.

Read the rest here, if you want.


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