Good news: the TSA has apparently loosened some of the draconian restrictions they imposed earlier this week.
After a two-day security clampdown prompted by a thwarted attempt to bomb a jetliner, some airline officials told The Associated Press that the in-flight restrictions had been eased. And it was now up to captains on each flight to decide whether passengers can have blankets and other items on their laps or can move around during the final phase of flight.
Confused? So were scores of passengers who flew Monday on one of the busiest travel days of the year. On some flights, passengers were told to keep their hands visible and not to listen to iPods. Even babies were frisked. But on other planes, security appeared no tighter than usual.
Gotta love this:
An hour before a US Air flight from Manchester, England, to Philadelphia landed, flight attendants removed passengers’ blankets and told them to keep their "hands visible," said passenger Walt Swanson of Cumbria, England.
It will be interesting to see this loosened policy in action, especially if captains now will have the discretion of how precautionary to be.