Gizmodo got their hands on a leaked copy of the US Department of Homeland Security’s TSA directives. In this directive are a few new measures that will dramatically affect your experience traveling by air. The new directives include:
Directive: Passengers must remain in seats beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
How it will impact travel: If your flight is only 60 minutes, you won’t be able to get out of your seat at all.
Directive: Passenger access to carry-on baggage is prohibited beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
How it will impact travel: One hour prior to landing, be sure to have taken anything from your carry-on that you might need for the rest of the flight.
Directive: 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.
How it will impact travel: During all phases of the flight? Are they saying we no longer have in-flight entertainment? If you have taken a flight since these measures were implemented, let us know.
Directive: While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
How it will impact travel: I really doubt the terrorists are waiting for the Captain to say “and on your left is the Lincoln Memorial.”
Directive: Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
How it will impact air travel: Is a laptop a personal belonging? Perhaps a BlackBerry doesn’t fall into this category.
Personally, I don’t see how they’re going to implement these measures for parents with children. You simply can’t tell a mother that she isn’t allowed to access her baggage during a flight. If her child needs it, too bad. It’s not like there are many terrorists boarding flights with their newborn babies.
Click through for the full transcript of the new TSA directives