Monday, January 4, 2010

TSA issues new security directives.

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From tsa.gov:
Today, the Transportation Security Administration issued new security directives to all United States and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4, 2010.


The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners.


Because effective aviation security must begin beyond our borders, and as a result of extraordinary cooperation from our global aviation partners, TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights.



The question on everyone's mind is, how are these new rules going to affect my travel plans. It's hard to tell but if the previous regulations are any indication than expect even longer delays as security wastes everyone's time by frisking babies, and old women in wheelchairs while doing their very best to ignore anyone of Middle Eastern descent for fear of being branded a racist or "anti-Muslim".

Expect to leave an extra 2:30 to 3 hours earlier for flights. Wear sandals because they will ask you to take off your shoes. Travel light. Don't bring any disposable items like toothpaste, mouthwash, razors, perfume, etc. You will more than likely lose it and have to buy it when you reach your destination anyhow. Have your ID and passport ready, and whatever you do do not under any circumstances use the words "fire","bomb"Al-Qaeda"", or "allahu akbar" at any time.







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