There's tons of FUD flying around (sorry, poor choice of words) in the aftermath of that botched terrorism attack on the Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.

TSAIt looks like, for the most part, domestic flights -- as in starting and ending in the United States -- are unaffected, which is good news for all you folks sporting new Android phones after the holidays.

But international flights headed to the U.S. are subject to some new rules, as detailed in a Transportation Security Administration Security Directive and obtained by Gizmodo. In addition to additional screening at the point of departure:

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.

Sorry, folks, but you'll have to put your Android phones in their full upright and locked positions for the last hour of your flight. Hopefully we'll see everything calm down soon. And if all this FUD has you freaking out a little, we'll point you to this excellent piece by fivethirtyeight.com about the odds of an incident on any given flight.

Be sure to check TSA.gov and with your airline before flying, however, as things are likely to change. (And there's more analysis on this by our Canadian pals at The iPhone Blog.)

 
There are 5 comments

Anonymous says:

Soon you'll not be allowed to talk 1hr during take off and 1 hr before landing.

BOO5TED says:

Total bullshit.

myriad46 says:

I'm not sure this means what we think it means. The bomber had a bulky blanket on his lap obscuring his actions of putting everything together. I think what they mean is that you can't have your carry on bag in your lap during the last hour. I don't think they are going to mind a book or MP3 player.

On the other hand, they can't even keep people off their phones for the 20 minutes of taxiing around the airport, how are they going to enforce this?

And...not to fault the flight attendants, but there have been times when one has not walked by for a good 45 minutes. If they would regularly and randomly walk through the cabin to check people out, it might discourage some would be attackers.

One last thing..."if you notice, the grand canyon is 150 miles off the port side, so as you might have extrapolated, we are directly over the middle of freakin nowhere, Utah. Please implement your explosive device now." Not telling us where we are is so stupid...

UncleMike says:

"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."

Since these devices must be disabled prior to boarding, I assume they belong to the passengers. How is a passenger's device "aircraft-integrated"?

Dustin Day says:

"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."

This refers to the on board phones in the back of the headrests, TV's on Jet Blue and Frontier Airline Flights, Frontiers Airlines and Jet Blue both have GPS location of the plane on the tv screens as well. United Airlines and I believe America Airlines have Internet Access on some flights. This has nothing to do with PDA's, smartphones, netbooks, blackberries, etc.

All of these freedoms are now taken away thanks to the war on terrorism that we will never win. Thanks to all the fucking towel heads, Arabs, and Muslim extremist for fucking it all up.