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re TSA overreaction to Delta incident
From: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 14:02:51 -0500





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From: Bob Frankston <bob2-39 () bobf frankston com>
Date: December 26, 2009 1:44:45 PM EST
To: dave () farber net
Subject: RE: [IP] TSA overreaction to Delta incident


I’m confused … I can understand not wanting a plan hijacked during the last hour but how is this supposed to prevent someone who just cares about harm in flight? The stampede story seems highly sp eculative at best.



From: Dave Farber [mailto:dave () farber net]
Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2009 13:23
To: ip
Subject: [IP] TSA overreaction to Delta incident







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From: Kris Gabor <kgabor () aol com>
Date: December 26, 2009 1:21:16 PM EST
To: dave () farber net
Subject: TSA overreaction to Delta incident

Hi, Dave,

For IP, if you think it's appropriate. If the following is true, this is another good example of kneejerk overreaction after a security incident. There used to be a rule that passengers bound for DCA had to remain seated during the last 30 minutes of flight, but even that was scrapped after a few years. Good luck telling passengers they can't use their laptops or read a book for the last hour of a flight. As someone had suggested in the wake of 9/11, maybe the best thing would be to strip all the passengers naked and chain them into their seats for the entire flight.

It's interesting how Air Canada has already posted this, but there is no official announcement of it yet from TSA. I wonder if after the initial kneejerk, pragmatism may yet win out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/us/27plane.html

"Although transportation officials had not announced new security measures yet, Air Canada said the Transportation Security Agency would make significant changes to the way passengers are able to move about on aircraft. During the final hour of flight, customers will have to remain seated, will not be allowed access to carry-on baggage and cannot have personal belongings or other items on their laps, according to a notice <http://www.aircanada.com/en/news/trav_adv/091226.html > on Air Canada’s Web site.

In effect, that means passengers on flights of about 90 minutes or less will not be able to get out of their seats, since they are not allowed to move about while an airplane is climbing to its cruising altitude.

Air Canada also told its United States bound customers that they would be limited to a single carry-on item and that they would be subjected to personal and baggage searches at security check points and in the gate area. It said this would result in significant delays, canceled flights and missed connections. Air Canada said it would waive the baggage fee for the first checked bag as a result of the new policy."



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