The craziness of TSA security has reached a new height (or depth) with word leaking out about their promulgating a secret ban, prohibiting any electronics larger than a cell phone, on some airlines.
Now, you’re probably wondering ‘How does a secret ban work?’. That’s a very good question, and for sure, the word ‘chaos’ has to figure somewhere in the answer.
Here’s what we know, courtesy of the English Guardian newspaper.
It seems that over the weekend, the TSA sent out a new notice to airlines from 13 countries (all non-US) requiring them to forbid passengers from taking any electronics larger than a cell phone as carry-on (presumably only on flights to/from the US, but who knows). Everything else must be placed in checked baggage.
This means no cameras, no tablets, no Kindles, perhaps no MP3 players, maybe even no noise-cancelling headphones. Well, who really knows for sure if noise-cancelling headphones are included or not. And with cell phones sometimes almost as large as a tablet, who really knows what the size limits exactly might be.
To make things even
better worse, it is apparently an optional (but mandatory) ban. It is a ‘circular’, not a public regulation, but airlines are expected to comply.
So, there it is. A secret optional ban, applying to some airlines (we don’t know which ones) and on some/most/all electronics, on some flights.
Truly, I’m not making this stuff up. Yes, it is beyond lunacy, but it is also the reality we live in these days. The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
The only bit of good news is that after some airlines deliberately leaked news of the almost secret almost ban, the TSA are now promising to go public with it on Tuesday. But if you – or anyone you know – is planning on traveling in the next day or two, you need to be aware of this, just in case you (or they) might be affected.
Why only airlines from 13 countries? If there is a security risk, won’t a terrorist choose to fly on a non-affected airline instead?
More details, but not answers to the questions which normal reasonable people might have, here.