TSA bans reading on international flights

Steve Kl. stevekl at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 28 13:51:39 UTC 2009

(I realize, before someone chimes in, this wasn't an international flight...
I'm pointing out that nothing stateside seems to have changed all that much,
although there was definitely an increased presence of uniformed personnel
at the airport.)

On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 8:50 AM, Steve Kl. <stevekl at gmail.com> wrote:

> For what it's worth, I flew from Detroit to Boston yesterday. Not only did
> I get through security in about 15 minutes, I was also easily able to fly
> standby on an earlier flight than I'd originally had a ticket for. There was
> zero mention of any new regulations on the flight. The flight is less than
> two hours -- I definitely got up to use the bathroom somewhere over the
> Adirondacks, definitely within an hour of landing.
> I read my book the whole way in. If there were any blanket restrictions
> (pun intended), none was made known over the intercom.
> - Steve
> On Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 2:32 AM, Dennis Baron <debaron at illinois.edu>wrote:
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>> There's a new post on the Web of Language:
>> TSA bans reading on international flights
>> On Christmas day, a man from Nigeria tried to blow up NW 253, a
>> transatlantic flight about to land in Detroit, by using explosive
>> chemicals sewn into his underwear. The Transportation Security
>> Administration (TSA) immediately responded to this new terrorist
>> threat by ordering passengers not to read during the last hour of
>> their flight.
>> The bomb-maker sneaked his bomb onto the plane past tight security
>> checks in Amsterdam, and when his planned explosion fizzled, he was
>> subdued not by security officials (there were none on the plane) but
>> by passengers and the plane's flight attendants. But in order to
>> discourage similar attacks in the future, the TSA has seen fit to
>> order passengers to remain seated while the plane begins its descent,
>> to return their seat backs and tray tables to their upright position,
>> and to stow all personal items, including books and magazines.
>> read the full post at the Web of Language: http://bit.ly/weblan
>> ____________________
>> Dennis Baron
>> Professor of English and Linguistics
>> Department of English
>> University of Illinois
>> 608 S. Wright St.
>> Urbana, IL 61801
>> office: 217-244-0568
>> fax: 217-333-4321
>> http://www.illinois.edu/goto/debaron
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