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Knickers in a twist

We fly back to Alberta on Sunday, and I’m disheartened though not surprised at new regulations that require we spend the entire flight from NYC to Toronto, and the last hour from Toronto to Edmonton, in our seats, without anything in our laps, not even a book; being allowed to the bathroom only with an escort; and with our one carry-on bag each in the overhead compartment unavailable to us for the duration of the flight. I plan to stuff my pockets with Tylenol (for adults and children — goodness knows we’ll need it) and lip balm.  I don’t want to even think of my three children, ages nine, 10, and 12, being patted down. I suppose it would be too much to ask for the airports to quit patting down children and concentrate instead on lone adults with no luggage  and one-way tickets paid for with cash.  Just an idea.

Of course, given that previous would-be terrorists have used liquids and shoes, which are now allowed on-board only in limited quantity and after a security check, respectively, I suppose I should be happy that Air Canada and the Canadian Transportation Safety Board have, at least not yet, neither required checks of underpants nor limited solid substances.

However, given the latest updates from Transport Canada –

Passengers travelling to the US are advised that no carry-on baggage will be permitted, with the exception of a small purse, diaper bag, laptop bag. Roller bags and backpacks must now be checked in. Carriage of any carry-on item will result in lengthy security delays for the customer. To minimize inconvenience, airlines strongly recommend that customers travelling to the United States travel with no carry-on items whenever possible.

If travelling with a laptop bag, diaper bag, camera bag or other such item, the bag may only contain items confined to the bag’s original function. (For example, a laptop bag can only contain computer equipment, or a diaper bag can only contain infant necessities.) As a guideline for purse size, the footprint of the bag should be similar to that of a letter size sheet of paper (216mm x 279mm or 8.5″ x 11″).

– I can only imagine that more travellers will be inclined to stuff what they can in their pockets and underpants. Patented panty pockets, perhaps?

8 Responses

  1. A post from another Canadian with some sane commentary on this latest insanity: http://chriscorrigan.com/parkinglot/?p=2554

    Hope you make it back okay.

  2. It’ll be interesting to see how much alcohol they end up selling with these new laws in place. Safe travels!

  3. When is the tipping point? There must come a point in which people decide not to fly except when it is absoulately necessary. I’m already there.

  4. I think that what is even worse, is now that you have to pay for to check luggage. I do not think that airlines should charge for that kind of think.

    I hope that you have a safe and Happy New Year!

  5. I agree! Just stop flying unless there’s a impending death in the family or something. And it might seriously be cheaper to buy some cheap clothes at walmart than to pay to check your bags! I can’t think of a single reason to fly. Maybe overseas. Altho you might have a better time getting there (and cheaper too!) if you stow in a cargo ship.

  6. It’s a plot by Apple to get people to buy iPods, I think.

    What about the airline in-flight magazines?

  7. I so hate flying. I drive and prefer the road trips. However, when it comes to having time or not having time, sometimes I realize I may have to fly. Of course, I have been avoiding it like the plague. The entire process has turned into insanity.

  8. absolutely HATE flying and one of the reasons this is so is becaus eof the extra paranoid security checks, not that I think they’re unnecessary.
    they’ve got their priorities wrong and i very much agree with
    your suggestion that they need to “concentrate instead on lone adults with no luggage and one-way tickets paid for with cash”

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