Audio: JetBlue announces dopey new TSA regulations

posted at 8:24 pm on December 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

No TV allowed or else it might … drown out the sound of a guy using a syringe, maybe? I don’t get it. Neither does Jeffrey Goldberg:

Next item: “Passengers must remain seated for the final hour before landing. During that time, they may not have access to their carry-on baggage or hold personal items on their laps.” But what about their underwear? Can they have access to their underwear, which is where our latest would-be Muslim martyr apparently hid his bomb? And why can’t we have access to our laptops, if they’ve already been screened?

By the way, these rules, the Washington Post says, are in effect only until December 30th. In January, you see, the jihad is over.

Hitchens is a little hazy too:

In my boyhood, there were signs on English buses that declared, in bold letters, “No Spitting.” At a tender age, I was able to work out that most people don’t need to be told this, while those who do feel a desire to expectorate on public transport will require more discouragement than a mere sign. But I’d be wasting my time pointing this out to our majestic and sleepless protectors, who now boldly propose to prevent airline passengers from getting out of their seats for the last hour of any flight. Abdulmutallab made his bid in the last hour of his flight, after all. Yes, that ought to do it. It’s also incredibly, nay, almost diabolically clever of our guardians to let it be known what the precise time limit will be. Oh, and by the way, any passenger courageous or resourceful enough to stand up and fight back will also have broken the brave new law…

It was reported over the weekend that in the aftermath of the Detroit fiasco, no official decision was made about whether to raise the designated “threat level” from orange. Orange! Could this possibly be because it would be panicky and ridiculous to change it to red and really, really absurd to lower it to yellow? But isn’t it just as preposterous (and revealing), immediately after a known Muslim extremist has waltzed through every flimsy barrier, to leave it just where it was the day before?

ABC has pics of the Crotch Bomber’s explosive undies, which, as near as I can tell, wouldn’t have been caught or neutralized by any of the new security measures now in place. One thing that might have caught them is a whole-body imager, which the House is actually trying to ban right now for routine passenger screening due to privacy concerns. How invasive is the technology really? Danger Room breaks it down:

“Facial features” (and, presumably, other body parts) “are blurred when our officers see the images,” the TSA insists. Nor will the agency “keep, store or transmit images. Once deleted, they are gone forever…. For additional privacy, the officer viewing the image is in a separate room and will never see the passenger, and the officer attending to the passenger will never see the image.”…

“Yes, there is some brief violation of privacy with a full-body scan,” Rep. Peter King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, told Face the Nation. “But on the other hand, if we can save thousands of lives, to me, we have to make that decision, and we have to come down on the side of saving thousands of lives.”

But that logic makes about as much sense as the TSA’s new rules forcing passengers to stay in their seats for the last hour of a flight, says security guru Bruce Schneier. “It’s the same magical thinking we’re used to getting from the TSA,” he tells Danger Room. “Descend on what the terrorists happened to do last time, and we’ll all be safe. As if they won’t think of something else.”

Yeah, they’ll think of something else, but how does that justify not doing anything about something they’ve already thought of? It’s like arguing that we don’t need metal detectors because jihadis have already thought of smuggling guns and knives onto planes and have moved on to ever more clever and nefarious schemes. Cover the points where you’re exposed and then try to anticipate their next move. They’re not all geniuses, you know: This nut, like the 9/11 hijackers, flew under his real name and was stupid enough to buy a one-way ticket and check no baggage. It’s just that we were … a little more stupid.

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Vote with your feet and you’re only hurting the Airlines, as it’s not their regulations but those imposed on the Airports by the TSA (i.e. Federal Government). Most, if not nearly all, Airline employees feel just as angry over these regulations as passengers. You don’t think pilots realize how ridiculous our “system” operates?

Profile now, get El Al over here to train the “professional” TSA agents and revamp the “system” with some that actually works outside of the land of rainbows and unicorns.

smfoushee on December 28, 2009 at 11:36 PM

I say we allow verified US Citizens with valid CCW permits in their home state to carry firearms onto aircraft. The stipulation is that they MUST be carried openly at all times, and must be loaded with frangible ammunition for the duration of the flight.

I guarantee that the first clownshoe on a DFW outbound that decides to get cute with a “package” in his underwear that gets unceremoniously ventilated by ten or twelve law-abiding citizens will provide a high level of deterrent to any would-be jihadis that might come afterward.

wv619 on December 28, 2009 at 11:49 PM

I knew whatever new measures they enact will be measures that will harass, annoy and humiliate innocent average people. They refuse to go after the terrorists. So, that means everyone else will be the target. Because they refuse to do what is right, everything else they do will be wrong. And then because they are targeting everyone else, it gives the appearance to a large number of people that something is being done, when in fact, nothing really is. Why? Because the terrorist is not the target.

JellyToast on December 29, 2009 at 12:12 AM

“sterile period” — one hour before landing

What if they attack with a pointy stick 61 minutes before landing with women’s panties laced with PETN on their heads ?

J_Crater on December 29, 2009 at 12:26 AM

If not allowed to read in that hour then I will turn to my seatmate and discuss in my normal loud voice what a moronic asshole Obama is.

For

the

entire

hour.

bill30097 on December 29, 2009 at 2:05 AM

this ONE TERM PRESIDENT is a FAILURE of HISTORIC and UNPRECEDENTED proportions.

leftnomore on December 29, 2009 at 5:01 AM

Et tu, Jet Blue?

Forget pre-screened laptops. Magazines, paperbacks and shopping lists are now terrorist tools.

I hear the sound of airline stocks crashing.

Thanks, Janet and Barack.

Nichevo on December 29, 2009 at 6:00 AM

I say we allow verified US Citizens with valid CCW permits in their home state to carry firearms onto aircraft. The stipulation is that they MUST be carried openly at all times, and must be loaded with frangible ammunition for the duration of the flight.

I guarantee that the first clownshoe on a DFW outbound that decides to get cute with a “package” in his underwear that gets unceremoniously ventilated by ten or twelve law-abiding citizens will provide a high level of deterrent to any would-be jihadis that might come afterward.
wv619 on December 28, 2009 at 11:49 PM

And what do you do about the ‘verified US citizen’ who just happens to be a ‘radicalized’ muslim with a CCW permit?

Friendly21 on December 29, 2009 at 7:12 AM

This is a typical knee-jerk reaction from an administration who doesn’t even recognize the GWOT for what it is. You can’t have a decent approach to these matters so long as you have terrorist-loving radicals in charge.

highhopes on December 29, 2009 at 7:20 AM

this ONE TERM PRESIDENT is a FAILURE of HISTORIC and UNPRECEDENTED proportions.

leftnomore on December 29, 2009 at 5:01 AM

I honestly thought Jimmy Carter would be the sine qua non low point in presidential administrations. I was wrong.

highhopes on December 29, 2009 at 7:21 AM

Ok, so the bomber sets his pants on fire over the ocean now?

Wow, good solution, Barry and Janet. I feel safer.

How ’bout only Lutherans, Baptists and Catholics get on planes? I think that’s a better idea.

stenwin77 on December 29, 2009 at 8:15 AM

And what do you do about the ‘verified US citizen’ who just happens to be a ‘radicalized’ muslim with a CCW permit?

Friendly21 on December 29, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Same thing other CCW permitholders do when someone in their midst gets cute with a weapon.

JohnTant on December 29, 2009 at 8:22 AM

Stay in our seats for the last hour, no tv or radio, no reading material, no personal items in our laps, no blankie, don’t they know we can tell when the plane is starting a descent. It’s very obvious. So what plans do they have for our security after New Years? Zipper locks?

Kissmygrits on December 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I am still waiting for those ‘moderate, passive’ Muslims to show up.

Sporty1946 on December 28, 2009 at 10:02 PM

The muslim Mr Abdulmutallab the elder showed up to report his own son.

YiZhangZhe on December 29, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Well I guess that takes care of that. I’m sure that the fanatic who is intent on blowing himself and the plane out of the sky will willingly comply with those tough new rules. I feel so safe now.

Oldnuke on December 29, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Stay in your seat for the last hour because everyone knows islamic cultists won’t set off the bomb one and a half hours out from the destination. Asshats.

Alden Pyle on December 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

stenwin77

Actually yesterday I heard about the concept of Right Wing Airplanes and Left Wing Airplanes.

To get on a Right Wing Airplane a person would be subject to rigid, common sense inspections. To get on a Left Wing Airplane a person would be subjected to whatever is currently Politically Correct.

The only problem is see is that any left wingers that had a modicum of commons sense (an oxymoron, I know) would lie and sneak aboard the Right Wing flight and as a result the Left Wing airlines would loose money resulting in added regulations to put a stop to evil conservatives and another government bailout.

enginemike on December 29, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Let’s see if we can simplify it and make the following announcement prior to take off.

Sit Down, Shut Up, Keep your feet off the seats and your hands to yourself, if you gotta go you should’ve done that before getting onboard so hold it. Oh, enjoy the flight.

MSGTAS on December 29, 2009 at 10:07 AM

B++

angryed on December 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM

And what do you do about the ‘verified US citizen’ who just happens to be a ‘radicalized’ muslim with a CCW permit?

Friendly21 on December 29, 2009 at 7:12 AM

SIMPLE, THE REMAINING ARMED CHRISTIANS AND ATHEIST BLOW THE MOOOSLUM PIECE OF SHYT FULL OF HOLES…

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM

now now nappy calls them ‘man made disasters’, you better fall into line!! SARC/

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

P R E S E N T

AMERICAN VETERAN on December 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

It should be obvious by now that it’s either US or the Muslims. Screen them out and interrogate the daylights out of them. Then they can board and we can all watch Sandra Bullock movies at 35,000 feet again. Good Muslims will not mind this and will therein demonstrate their loyalties. But screen the islamonazi cancer out!

The other solution is give them their own halal airline altogether. Bowbama can be its CEO, and they could take off from Footbath Airport in Muzzysota where they could put a strip club in next to the VIP lounge, as most of these deviants seem to crave seeing bosoms at least once before they have to manage 72 imaginary pair (that’s 144 bosoms for those of you in Rio Linda). Gee, wonder why…

Western_Civ on December 29, 2009 at 2:02 PM

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