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Flying the Frightened Skies


In the immediate aftermath of a would-be terrorist trying to blow a plane out of the sky over Detroit on Christmas Day, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) issued a vague set of new warnings that left passengers utterly confused as to what to expect. Now, days later, we know: For domestic air-flight, it’s pretty much business as usual.

At first, would-be passengers were expecting to be frisked as they prepared to board their planes; to have to sit during the first and last hour of their flight; to be unable to keep pillows and blankets on their laps; and you could forget about using any electronics on board. On some flights in late December, all these nuisances happened.

That was then. This is now.

I asked the hundreds of people I know who are now in Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show) to let me know what changes, if any, as they made their way to Las Vegas’ McCarran airport. So, what they did see that was different? Nothing. Not one blessed thing.

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