Give Some of Those New Airline Safety Regs a Short Half-Life
The TSA has announced new safety measures, both pre-flight and on-board, in the wake of the attempted on-board bombing of the Amsterdam to Detroit flight. While they apply only to international flights bound for the US, some domestic airlines have also implemented them.
ID checks, searches, pat-downs, canine and machine sniffers before the flight? Go for it.
Requiring passengers to stay seated, not retrieve items from the overhead and have no items on one’s lap for the last hour of the flight? (What about the natural requirements of flying babies, to cite just one complication?)
There might be a reason to leave these new, on-board safety requirements in place for maybe another two days, to make sure the failed Northwest bomber didn’t coordinate several attacks with some partners in terror. To let them stand beyond that would be foolish as they will not prevent a similar incident – “Oh, look, flight lands in two hours; I’d better get the bomb out of my bag now while I can still move around the cabin” – and they’ll only serve to needlessly bore and alienate the flying public.