Strange Brouhaha

Friday, August 11, 2006

"I have seen hell," part 43

In response to the recent foiled plot, passengers traveling from or through Great Britain are not being allowed any carry-on items. Why is this hell? Read carefully.

No books.

A note for the U.S. travel industry: when this restriction comes over to this side of the pond, there is no way that I will be getting on an airplane except for the absolutely most dire emergencies. Flying is already bad enough. I can't imagine not being allowed to read.


  • The world is going to turn into Talibanland in an effort to stave off the Taliban: no books, no cards, no music, no nothing. Next they'll be forbidding laughter. (I can't imagine traveling as a family under those circumstances. What if your baby uses formula, aka bottles of liquid? Or needs a diaper change? How can you get through a transatlantic flight with *nothing* to amuse a young child?)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:37 AM  

  • dpb: Yeah, that's nuts. On the bright side, it will cut down on all those annoying people who take EVERYTHING as a carry-on hogging the overhead bins with strollers, huge awkward bags, and body boards.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:42 AM  

  • Baby formula is explicitly allowed, if you read the article...but I don't recall any mention of diapers! Presumably, they're allowed if they're sealed in a clear plastic bag--there are other, uh, personal hygiene items that pass under those circumstances.

    And the answer, of course, is that you *can't* get through a transatlantic flight, or really a flight of any kind, with nothing to amuse a young child. You just don't go.

    By Blogger Robert, at 9:27 AM  

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