Monday, December 28, 2009

A Hopeful Return to Their Senses?

In-flight security rules have been eased after a two-day clampdown, airline officials familiar with the matter said Monday.

At the captain's discretion, passengers can once again have blankets and other items on their laps or move about the cabin during the tail end of flight. In-flight entertainment restrictions have also been lifted.

The airline officials spoke on condition of anonymity because federal safety officials had not publicly announced the changes.


Good, but I doubt that Mssrs. Lieberman and Specter have rethought their proposals to pre-emptively invade Yemen.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.


  1. I can't believe all of this hysteria over this Richard Reid (2001) "shoe bomber" II copycat episode. He's arrested. Try him. Convict him. Put 'im in prison to rot away for the rest of his miserable life.

    In the meantime, let's just get with the terms of coping with, and living in, the 21st Century. Republicans, and maybe the ACLU, are against full-body scanners at airports. But I'm not.

  2. as a practical matter, i'm for whatever causes me the least amount of hassle. if full body scanning precludes me from having to remove my shoes, ok.

    but, as a political matter, i'm against it. it's all bunk and unnecessary and only serves to make us more accepting of government restrictions and more docile - to 'slowly boil the frog' so to speak.

    this particular man should have never gotten on the flight in the first place: no passport, previous warnings to authorities by his own father.

    but, unless we're all going to travel nude, there's no way to prevent all possibility of someone concealing some type of device. even the pat-downs they went to directly after the incident wouldn't have worked - that is unless someone is going to be handling every man's crotch to do it.

    thanks again very much for your comments.

    enjoy what there is to enjoy and help balance the insanity. maybe 2010 will be a little more reasonable, but i'm not going to hold my breath.

    thanks for being.


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