Skip to comments.Airlines: New rules keep passengers in seats
Posted on 12/26/2009 11:51:05 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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 the Transportation 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 declined to confirm the new restrictions.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement Saturday that passengers flying to the U.S. from overseas may notice extra security, but she said the measures "are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere."
A transportation security official speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly 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.
A Nigerian passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam allegedly attempted to start a fire as the plane prepared to land in Detroit on Friday, according to authorities. The incident has sparked a major international terrorism investigation.
Air Canada said it was limiting passengers to one carryon bag in response to a request from the U.S. and Canadian governments.
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Let the Muslims fly their own airlines!!!!
This is a small victory for AQ in the larger GWOT.
So once again we get to be inconvenienced all in the name of “sensitivity” and “not being offensive”
I agree. Even when the Muslims fail, they win.
Get ready for a lot of wet seat cussions.
“...Some airlines were telling passengers on Saturday that new government security regulations prohibit them from leaving their seats beginning an hour before landing...”
Ummm, wouldn’t a terrorist then simply try to blow up an airplane one hour and fifteen minutes before landing????
next you won’t be able to go unescorted...These people are idiots. If you can get to the bathroom at all, you could carry out this kind of attack. What’s the difference between 30,00 ft. and approach???
That’s wet seat cushions as well.
The terrorists have won because political correctess is killing this country. This jihadist was already on the do not fly list.
How did he get on? Why do I have to show ID to board a domestic flight if the single group that has killed tens of thousands around the world in terrorit attacks is given the kid gloves treatment?
I'm tired of this crap about treating Muslims as if they were just your garden variety tourist. They are little different from Nazis. Islam is not a religion. It is a military organization and should be treated as such. This goes for the ones born here too. If they won't publicly denounce acts of violence done in the name of Islam anywhere in the world, they need to be removed from the population at large.ML/NJ
Airport security is a joke. You would rather search my 86 year-old mother than "embarrass" us by restricting Muslim travel. You have a system so stupid that it cannot recognize that I am flying to or from the same airport that I have been flying to or from for more than 30 years, but somehow I can get onto an Air Force Base without even a boarding pass.
Get off your ass. Forget the Swine Flu. Do something to defend our country.
The guy was in his seat when he initiated the attack (window seat no less).
One would think PLANES were out for a killing method but apparently there are plenty of dumb dumbs who want to die that way.
An hour is a large window of opportunity. Nothing can stop a terrorist from blowing a plane up on final approach, since everyone will be strapped in.
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 on Air Canadas Web site.
Just as I feared: a useless do-nothing, irritating worthless measure.
So the next guy sets off his fireworks 1 hour and 1 minute before landing. Now you can't move about for 2 hours before landing. And so on, until you can't leave your seat for the entire 12-hour flight to Europe.
How absolutely stupidly brain-dead can you get?!
Window seat above the fuel tanks.
So...that means the pregnant and elderly are not going to be able to fly???
What about flights of less than an hour? Get in that seat, fasten that seatbelt, and stay there. Wet your drawers, or worse, but you ain’t gettin’ up! Maybe we should bring back segregation? All Muslims on one plane and non-Muslims on another. Feel free to blow up the plane with your fellow believers on-board! Sad thing is, they would because they don’t care who dies in their act of defiance.
My interpretation is that those interfering with a terrorist are in violation.....
This directive will just be another excuse to have to endure more worthless, annoying, inconvenient, lax security at airports.
Absolute stupidity. The only person who left his seat in this attack was the Dutchman who beat the snot out of the terrorist.
Congratulations, TSA morons. All you’ve done is implement a rule that would hinder the person who prevented this attack from fully succeeding!
Aren’t our government rulers just brilliant? /HURL