Their View: Positive is that excess luggage is no longer a problem
The terrorists who have turned the world upside down since the 9/11 attacks have a lot to answer for - and that includes the inconvenience that now plagues passengers on domestic flights.
It used to be only minimally difficult to board flights, but all that changed after 9/11 - which, of course, was inevitable in the circumstances. The Transportation Security Administration, created as a component of the new Department of Homeland Security, has deployed an army of personnel to check passengers and their luggage like never before.
But after the arrests of terror suspects last week in Britain, another level of burden has been placed upon the flying public. The gels and water bottles that were acceptable last month suddenly became suspect and therefore forbidden.
To take this action made sense, given the details of the plot revealed, but it did add a new irritation - a minor one perhaps, although passengers deprived of their toothpaste on a long flight might disagree. These new security measures were also somewhat disquieting. Why didn't the best minds in the anti-security business anticipate the potential danger of fluids and gels in the passenger cabin before this?
It's hard to find a silver lining here, but it may be this: Carry-on baggage on U.S. aircraft was completely out of hand - passengers were taking the kitchen sink aboard - and maybe security concerns are a way to return to carry-on sanity. If carry-ons are limited, however, the onus will be on the airlines to make sure that checked baggage does not lead to delays.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette