Here’s the deal
Reports are coming in that as a result of the most recent attempted attack on an airliner, the TSA is banning the use of all electronics on many inbound international flights.
That means no iPod, no Nintendo DS, no laptop, no iPhone, no Blackberry, no noise canceling headphones, nothing that runs on electricity.
It also seems that they are requiring everyone to remain in their seats through the plane’s entire descent.
The extent to which these new rules are being enforced seems to be varying from flight to flight without much of a pattern.
The facts are still coming in, so I’m not going to draw many conclusions, but there is a difference between not being allowed to use electronics, and having to check them.
If you can bring your electronics in your carry-on, and not use them, that’s a lot better than a forced checking of electronics.
Why you ask?
That being said, these restrictions are probably total bullshit. Does Israel’s El Al airline put their passengers through this shit? I’m pretty sure they don’t, and they have the best security in the business. Basically all of their flights are international, and everyone who wants to blow up American planes, wants to do the same to Israeli planes as well.
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