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  • No More iPods on Airplanes Due To Terrorist Threats?


    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. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ^^did you pay the $12.95? thats a hijacking right there
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      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.
      Couldn't have said it better myself!
      TSA (Terminally Stupid A******)
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      ^^did you pay the $12.95? thats a hijacking right there
      Nope did not pay for it....
    1. prorcracer87's Avatar
      prorcracer87 -
      hope they let me bring my iphone on the plane tomorrow, im going on a 16 hr flight
    1. therockk's Avatar
      therockk -
      When i hear about stupid law's and rules like these I am actually glad i am a Canadian and live in Canada!!
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Kartracer = LOL
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      This is all just plain retarded!!!! Just listening to CNN and the story is changing...looks like they got it wrong this time, and it may have been much ado over nothing...could this have been someones (that movie director) attempt at cheap popularity???
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Since, allegedly, Abdulmutallab had the PETN concealed in his underwear wouldn't it be more prudent to figure out a way to detect and prevent people from getting it on the planes to begin with instead of how to make it more difficult for them to detonate it?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      What if it was some explosion noise making app?
      That's dumb. That is like saying that a doll is not allowed in an airport because it can be made into a bomb.
    1. legendka7's Avatar
      legendka7 -
      I think pretty soon we will all be flying with a hospital gown and no carry ons at all.

      Come to the airport pickup you gown and then only can you board the plane.

      Terrorist ruin everything for us travelers.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      Sorry Guys, but only in America...
      Says the guy that lives in a country covered in CCTV cameras watching every move a citizen makes......
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Wow.
      My dad actually knows the the guys dad. As in know very well
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by norfskate View Post
      Kartracer = LOL
      Either you protest stupid rules, and illegal searches and seizures or they take every single right you have. How's that saying go again?

      When they came for the Jews, I did nothing, for I am not a Jew.

      When they came for the Socialists, I did nothing, for I am not a Socialist.

      When they came for the labor leaders, the homosexuals, the gypsies, I did nothing, for I am none of these.

      When they came for me, I was alone, there was no one to stand up for me.

      --Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor from Nazi Germany

      You don't stand up against this kind of crap, that has not produced one single shred of evidence or example of success, and they'll start searching you whenever they feel like. The Patriot Act was the beginning but where will it end?
    1. sendertimes's Avatar
      sendertimes -
      Ya know I travel to the Philippines almost 3 times a year, to do some scuba diving, I always bring my JB unlocked iphone, they better not restrict it from me, on my flights. its usally a connecting flights from Houston (Hou) to to Tokyo Japan to Manila, with the restriction of the Ipod/Iphone in airlines, the good people like us, can no longer enjoy, those soothing 20 some hour long trips,I can guarantee there will be more incidents involving, stewardess and passengers. since in those flight , there is nothing else to do but sleep, or watch your favorite movie or song from your ipod
    1. Ktawesome's Avatar
      Ktawesome -
      Do you think they really can tell the difference of an iPod Touch and an iPhone? They look Pretty similar from a few feet away. plus I don't think they are trained to tell the difference! haha
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      I never take off my earbuds for landing and takeoff...

      Never understood whats the point of taking them off anyways
    1. viperstarpoint9's Avatar
      viperstarpoint9 -
      Next time I fly I'm Screaming at the top of my lungs "I have an iPhone with Bomberman, Detonator, and Bomber 2 installed." all are app store games so detaining me for saying that would be almost certainly illegal. So lets make all smart phones illegal, we are just going to forget about all laptops that can easily have far more apps installed that are unregulated.
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      Quote Originally Posted by legendka7 View Post
      I think pretty soon we will all be flying with a hospital gown and no carry ons at all.

      Come to the airport pickup you gown and then only can you board the plane.

      Terrorist ruin everything for us travelers.
      Naw, you can hide stuff under the hospital gown. Then again, my sick fantasies come to mind =D.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by viperstarpoint9 View Post
      Next time I fly I'm Screaming at the top of my lungs "I have an iPhone with Bomberman, Detonator, and Bomber 2 installed." all are app store games so detaining me for saying that would be almost certainly illegal. So lets make all smart phones illegal, we are just going to forget about all laptops that can easily have far more apps installed that are unregulated.
      that would not be smart. you would most certaintly be taken down by an air marshall or a gang of passengers, just by the words detonator/bomber/bomberman being yelled....do you think the common joe thinks those are video games...i understand you were probably just being sarcastic....but good luck with that
    1. wiiwet's Avatar
      wiiwet -
      wth, why no ipods?? if they want to make super save in the air.
      the passengers need to tied naked on the seat all time till landed, so they can't do any thing stupid.

      after that, we don't need airlines anymore, just private jets, or private super fast ships.

      JK....lol