TSA Announces Enhanced Electronics Screening In USA —-But Much Better Than The Alternative!

TSA Announces Enhanced Electronics Screening In USA —-But Much Better Than The Alternative!

The TSA announced yesterday that electronics being brought aboard flights operating from or within the USA will be subject to additional scrutiny at security check points.

In the coming days and weeks, a new measure will be rolled out at airports that requires passengers to take out any electronics larger than a Smart Phone, and place them in a separate bin at security checkpoints.  This includes items such as laptops, tablets, walkmans ( 🙂 ), any kind of camera, or camera lens.

This new process is not unlike what we’ve been accustomed to for years when it came to our laptops.

As I said the title of this post, things could have been much worse.   Only a few short weeks ago we were staring at the spectre of having to put all electronic items larger than a phone into checked bags.   I’ll settle for this new policy anytime if it means keeping my gear with me.

By the way, for those of us enrolled in TSA’s PreCheck, fear not, we don’t have to take anything out of our bags so it’s business as usually for us in that respect.   This policy does not apply to us.



Looks Like All The Fun Is Over At Princess Juliana In St. Maarten

Looks Like All The Fun Is Over At Princess Juliana In St. Maarten

I was afraid that this would happen.   Society once again manages to the lowest common denominator.

Weeks after an idiot ignored warnings and her own abilities when she decided to get herself killed by riding the fence at Princess Juliana, it appears that she has ruined it for everyone else.

In a story posted by the ‘St. Maarten News Network‘, plans are being formulated to re-route traffic and make it impossible for tourists and aviation fans to enjoy a pastime that has been in place for decades.   The plan seems to entail rerouting vehicle traffic as well as to move the fencing much further away from the base of the runway, preventing thrill-seekers from hanging on to the fence when a 747 spools up her engines for take off.

I understand that the loss of life might be tragic to the friends and families of the deceased, but why go to the lengths of ruining it for everyone else just because ONE person decided to not pay attention to warnings, or did not know her own capabilities.  

Once again, instead of finding a solution that satisfies everyone, lets just manage to societies lowest common denominator and protect all those fragile snowflakes from themselves.   Why not just ban cars since people die in them all the time?  Airplanes?  yep, ban them too.

While they’re at it, why not just pave the damn beach at the base of the runway and turn it into a parking lot.    You never know when a 747 will touchdown a bit early and plow through a bunch of beach-going bystanders.  Might as well plan for that risk now.

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Mid-East Laptop / Electronics Ban Lifted Completely

Mid-East Laptop / Electronics Ban Lifted Completely

The State Department announced on Monday that it had lifted Laptop restrictions on flights departing Saudi Arabia, marking the final country and cities that were impacted by the months old ban.

With Monday’s announcement, Jeddah and Riyadh were removed.

For all of the airports that were impacted the ban, they have until July 19 to increase screening for explosives.   In addition, the airports have 120 days into install other screening techniques in order to be compliant with rules imposed by the TSA and State Department.  Otherwise the ban will be put back in place on non-compliant airports.