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    Following the recent attempted terror attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on board a US airliner inbound for Detroit, Michigan, dramatic changes could once again lie ahead for travelers of the not-so friendly skies of late. This weekend, some have already begun reporting new in-flight carry-on restrictions and other unfamiliar rules that now seem sporadically implemented across many major US airports.

    From CBS News radio in Philadelphia:

    The Transportation Security Administration said on its website there would be increased security screening for domestic and international flights. But the website states the security measures are designed to be "unpredictable", so passengers likely won't see the same thing everywhere.
    The TSA, of course, lacks the authority of the FAA. But what "flies" for the TSA - no pun intended - could very well trickle up in short order.

    Among the devices no longer allowed to surface on some flights are iPods. Travelers navigating their way to and from the Philadelphia International Airport learned to their dismay that iPods are a big but hopefully temporary no-no. Strangely enough, however, no restrictions in Philly have been reported with regard to iPhones.

    Passengers also reported restrictions for the last hour of their flight, no one could get out of their seats, and no one could have anything on their laps -- no blanket, no pillow, no magazine, not even an iPod.
    As we all now here at ModMyi, iPhones and iPods can be modified into all sorts of things, perhaps even unsavory devices that could do so damage if placed in the wrong hands. But will banishing iPods from airplanes actually makes the skies safer or, ironically, less safe - particularly for passengers sitting next to grumpy, rage-filled people deprived of their iPods?

    Some passengers said some of the added security does make them feel safer, but others say some of the requirements seem to be nothing more than a nuisance.
    Although it is altogether unlikely that The Transportation Security Administration will endeavor to permanently restrict in-flight use of iPods, such a reaction is almost to be expected in the immediate hours and days following an attempted terror attack that, fortunately, didn't prove successful.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: No More iPods on Airplanes Due To Terrorist Threats? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      The TSA has zero authority on what happens in flight on domestic airliners, that's the FAA jurisdiction. So until the FAA says no, then this is a non-issue and should be refuted at every single opportunity with a TSA agent and the airline representatives. The only thing the TSA can say is that you aren't allowed to take it onboard the aircraft. How can anyone think that the TSA has this authority? They are not part of law enforcement in the skies over this country. They have zero authority over this. I would refute this very loudly, and very rudely. The TSA employs thieves and egomaniacs with badges and can't complete any task assigned to them without either destroying something or infringing on laws already on the books. This department should be abolished at once.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      is there a detonator app in the appstore?
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      ^ That would be funny as hell!
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      This is retarded. The day I am no longer allowed to bring my MBP, iPod, or iPhone onto an airplane is the day I buy a private jet

      Seriously tho, no iPods but laptops are ok? Dumb dumb dumb people over at the FAA
    1. lutz2041's Avatar
      lutz2041 -
    1. JesusAyllon's Avatar
      JesusAyllon -
      Wow that sux balls cuz I travel alot during vacations
    1. frozenra1n's Avatar
      frozenra1n -
      ThEre should definitley be a detonator app.
    1. enjoimike69's Avatar
      enjoimike69 -
      wow that is stupid. what next no books either because you could rub the pages together and make a fire
    1. 12jmartinez's Avatar
      12jmartinez -
      ohhh no hes got an ipod!!!
      (whistling bombing noise as a passenger plugs in a pair of headphones)
    1. marcel94's Avatar
      marcel94 -
      Some passengers said some of the added security does make them feel safer

      some hippie scared of technogolgie
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Then I'm just ganna have to take me Zune next time I travel -_-
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Fcuking terrorist.....
    1. ikymfn99's Avatar
      ikymfn99 -
      W t f e
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      skrew the new rules i am traveling right now currently at the huston airport heading to seattle coming bck form guatemala... i had to turn off my music an hour before we landed double you tee eff mate
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Sorry Guys, but only in America...
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Great now we're getting crappy rules to "protect" us while in the skies? Why don't they come up with something more logical. WTF does an iPod device do to cause harm that any other mp3 player can't? Is there a threat with the device? What is this nonsense. If they ever told me i couldn't bring my phone on board and would have to leave, then i would be on the CNN breaking news. I will piss in their coffee cup.
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      In Soviet Russia, iPods ban airports
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      Apple aka STEVE will not allow this. It would kill sales!!!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i could have c4 with a remote rf detonator surgically implanted in my stomach that could be charged from any radio frequency emiting device crudely made. maybe we should just ban people from boarding planes. thatll put a stop to all this terrorism.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      This is just awful! I would never leave my phone back...... I just flew a couple of weeks ago and they offered wifi while flying.... $12.95 each way..... now you can enjoy the internet while flying and now this?