Napolitano was referring to added security measures for people flying from international destinations to the United States. Different airlines reported different potential restrictions stemming from these measures, including limiting fliers to one carry-on, or preventing passengers from either holding personal items in their laps or roaming the cabin during the last hour of the flight. Further, guidelines later posted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) broadened Napolitano’s statement to include domestic airports. The rules reiterated that “passengers should not expect to see the same thing at every airport.”
Well, the TSA was right about that. Post-Christmas fliers could not have predicted what was in store.
Frequent business traveler Ken Walker flew out of St. Louis on December 27. “I felt pretty sure the new rules would bite me, but they didn’t,” he says. “There was nothing new in the security line at the airport, nothing new to see or do on the plane. We left on time, arrived on time, bags dropped on time, no issues.”
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