New U.S. TSA rules ban notebooks, Wi-Fi in final hour of flight

The New MacBook Air“The US Transportation Security Administration late Sunday implemented new rules that are likely to have far-reaching implications for technology on planes. The security measures will ban those on international flights entering the US from having any ‘personal belongings’ on their laps for the final hour of the flight, restricting notebooks and most other non-handheld devices. Access to carry-on bags is similarly restricted for the same period,” Electronista reports.

“They also preclude use of any communications or entertainment integrated with the plane itself for the final hour of the trip. The step not only restricts traditional services for passengers like phones and seat-mounted TV but also shuts down Wi-Fi services provided by carriers entering the US,” Electronista reports. “Strictly domestic flights aren’t affected by the restrictions.”

Full article here.

TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 can be read in full here.


  1. One more shoe bomber and TSA will require the seats be removed from planes and everyone stand like cattle. We will then have achieved the ultimate flying experience, but we will be safe, right?

  2. The real solution is just to hand out guns at the gate to everyone. Load them with those bullets that will not penetrate the skin of the aircraft. Boom. Air travel just got a lot safer and more polite.

    Remember people, freedom isn’t free, and what I mean by that is you gotta be willing to take a punch in the face sometimes in order to live in a free society. Otherwise let’s just make this a police state now and get it over with. These incremental rules that are imposed from time to time are only going to compound over time after every nitwit does something like this.

  3. Out of the generosity of my heart, I have compiled a book reading list for the ignorant liberals on this forum. Now get reading!

    Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam

    The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East

    The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims

    America Alone

    Willful Blindness

    Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia

    Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

  4. jocknerd writes, “Fundamentalists of any religion are nutjobs. Look at fundamentalist Christians and Jews too.”

    That’s the same rubbish Chritianne Amanpour pushed in her “God’s Holy Warriors” piece. It’s nonsense. Those who monitor such things have counted some 14,000 terror attacks just since 9/11 carried out in the name of Islam. How many attacks can be traced to Christians or Jews? I suggest changing your screen name to “libtard”.

    And spare us the “what about Iraq/Afghanistan/Palestine” nonsense. More Muslims have been killed by other Muslims than by us “infidels”.

  5. @Josh

    For the record All religions at one time or another have committed atrocities against their perceived enemy — Islam just happens to be the flavor of the month. The Christian mad man-in-charge is not a nice guy. Of course to know that you would have to actually read his writings for yourself.

    I wake up every morning amazed that in the 21st century we still believe in the “tooth fairy”.

    Don’t bother to respond because I’m calling the boss directly to see if he has anything to say for himself. I’m sure he will follow his old ways and not say a word but send some flunky.


    MW: Science

    Imagine, with John Lennon, a world with no religinon. Imagine no suicide bombers, no 9/11, no 7/7, no Crusades, no witch-hunts, no Gunpowder Plot, no Indian partition, no Israeli/Palestinian wars, no Serb/Croat/Muslim massacres, no persecution of Jews as “Christ-killers”, no Northern Ireland “troubles”, no “honour killings”, no shiny-suited bouffant-haired televangelists fleecing gullible people of their money (“God wants you to give until it hurts”). Imagine no Taliban to blow up ancient statues, no public beheadings of blasphemers, no flogging of female skin for the crime of showing an inch of it.

    Richard Dawkins
    The God Delusion

  6. @ Smith,

    And yet, you sound pretty dogmatic yourself.

    And yet, the only ones you need to concern yourself with are those who are stuck in the 7th Century. Those whose religious mission it is to kill the infidel: Muslims.

    But again, you’re one of those morally repugnant liberals who just can’t bring yourself to make distinctions. You lack nuance.

    You’re not terribly bright, are you?

    Moreover, the three great mass murderers of the 20th Century, responsible for over 100 million brutal murders combined, were all atheists.

    Mao Tse Tung
    Joseph Stalin
    Adolph Hitler

  7. @ Josh: Posting a list of biased resources proves nothing–I’ll say that again for you, since you’re apparently a bit thick of head–NOTHING about Islam, the Quran, Muslims in general, or the Jihad. It proves only that you believe the biased propaganda those resources contain.

    @ Raymond in DC: The “14,000 terror attacks” since 9/11 neatly glosses over the fundamental problem of who really was responsible for 9/11 (no one denies it was a tragedy; the problem is the complete lack of convincing proof as to who perpetrated it), and the even more basic problem of the historical conditions (which to a large extent _are_ the responsibility of the United States) which led to 9/11–not to mention of course the unjustifiable “War on Terror” and the Iraq/Afghanistan mess which Bush/Blair et al have created, which create incredible amounts of frustration, fury, and hatred in the Muslim world.

    Look at history–look at _contemporary_ history–without the blinders of Republican propaganda, and you might begin to see why Islam is _not_ the problem.

  8. @PR

    We must remember what “terror”ism is: an organized system of beliefs centered around the principle that making ordinary citizens think that the assumptions of everyday life have been disrupted, that they cannot be safe in even the most secured sites and experiences, will lead to political change. It’s silly to think that terrorists simply want to kill lots of people, and it explains why they will continue to attack any institution that seems to be safe — US airlines, and the Pentagon/Congress/the White House for al Qaeda. It also explains why the World Trade Center was repeatedly targeted–once it survived the initial attempt in 1993, it became an even more enticing target.

    Unless we remember the symbolic nature of terrorism, we will be unable to decide how much and what types of freedom to give up in the name of securitization.

  9. So, what is it? Atheism or Islam? I’m confused… which one is the bad one now? Gee, I sure hope it’s not Christianity! No, Christians would never stand in the way of fairness, humanity, love, and peace, right? Oh, unless you’re gay and want to marry your partner, or you’re a doctor who happens to be pro-choice–you can be legitimately shot for that one in 48 of 50 states, right? What if you want to run for office, but you’re not Christian–will people vote for you in the good ol’ US of A?

    Basically, the issue is power, not religion–any single group can go to extremes to obtain it… Look at the actions of the good ol’ US of A in the middle East in the last 50 years, and you might begin to see where the current struggle for power comes from.

    MDN Word: “Keep,” as in, “Keep burying your head in the sand and the US of A will keep on looking like a great place to be!”

  10. @ RonMoney,

    I find it so very interesting to witness the mental gymnastics that intellectual dwarfs like yourself will put themselves through in order to distract themselves from the obvious.

    Now then, I have things to do today, and I have no more time to waste trying to save you from your dementia. So I’m gonna go now, and refer you again to my reading list. Specifically, I would recommend you begin with:

    The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Koran

    It helpfully draws direct contrasts between the Koran and the Bible. After reading that, you will have no excuse for your appalling ignorance.

    After that, any of the other books would be a helpful continuation. And remember, you have to be, uh, “open minded”, since that’s the very thing people like you are always enjoining everyone else to be.

    Have a nice day, everyone! I’m outta here. I know that stupid is not contagious, but it IS nauseating.

  11. Josh … you ever hear of the good Christian Timothy McVeigh? No? Try here if your memory is that faulty. Then there was the Atlanta Bomber.
    Any sane person reading about the Israeli government’s terrorism campaign against Palestinians can see that they are the cause of their own “miseries” in the area – having killed 1,000 adults and 400 children with military attacks on civilian “targets” just in the past few years.
    So, with your proofs added to mine, that’s three of the largest religious groups in the world indicted for sponsoring terrorism. And I didn’t even include the Christian-Right assassins of Doctors. It certainly isn’t the Leftist Christians – and Christ was a Leftist! – who are committing these vile acts.

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