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Sunday, May 28

Laptop Ban on all U.S Bound International Flights

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly discussed the possibility of expanding the laptop ban in airplane cabins with European officials last week. Full Story 

This is even more stupid than the initial laptop ban. Banned from ALL international flights? But OK to put in the hold??? How is that safer? (Hint: The airlines themselves and security experts say it isn't.)
Really, this comes across as one of two things: an administration made up of people who were wrapped in cotton wool and now suddenly realize that counterterrorism is a thing--and are completely overreacting, buying into their own sense that no one's ever done anything about this before--or this is a bunch of hot air meant to cover for the discriminatory ban on laptops only on certain foreign airlines (possibly at the behest of some U.S.-based airlines, who are being out-competed by some of these more customer-service-oriented airlines).
Kelly says that some people would never leave their homes if they knew what he knew. Well, banning electronic devices on long-haul flights is a step toward making that a reality, making us more insular and xenophobic and unaware/uncaring of what's going on in the world. And then, guess who wins? (Hint: Not we the people.)


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