Detention at 30,000 Feet
I won't fly anymore. Not unless work absolutely demands it. No thanks, I'll drive.
It's not that I'm afraid of being blown up -- not only are the odds against it, but as I've said since about 9/12/2001, the days of hijackings/bombings are over. We passengers aren't cattle. We won't just sit there. We fight back.
Then again, look at the TSA's new "safety" regulations:
1. Passengers must remain in seats beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
2. Passenger access to carry-on baggage is prohibited beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
3. Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.
4. While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
5. Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
Janet "The System Worked" Napolitano does, in fact, think we're cattle. One hour prior to landing, we are to sit there, doing nothing. You may not get a Kleenex out of your bag. You may not hold a book or magazine in your lap. You may not get up to pee.
For an hour.
Because her agency failed to stop a terrorist, but passengers like you and me succeeded. She failed. You pay. Typical.
Sit quietly. Don't fidget. Stare directly ahead.
I won't do it. I'm not cattle. I won't just sit there. But I can't fight back. So I'll drive, instead.
You should, too.