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TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 : The Fallout From NW253

27/12/2009 – TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 : The Fallout From NW253

Following the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack on Delta Air Lines Flight 253, operated by Northwest Airlines, from Amsterdam to Detroit, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created a series of security measures in reaction to the incident.

Earlier today I wrote about Flight NW253 here, 27/12/2009 – Northwest Airlines Flight 253 : Myths & Facts.

The following is the complete text of the US DHS security directive as implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

I post this text with no commentary or opinion; it is posted in its entirety as fact for you to better understand what is currently occurring in the realm of international aviation security.

Happy Flying & remember to use the lavatory 61 minutes prior to arrival in the US from overseas

Transportation Security Administration

Aviation Security Directive

Subject: Security Directive
Number: SD 1544-09-06
Date: December 25, 2009

EXPIRATION: 0200Z on December 30, 2009

This Security Directive (SD) must be implemented immediately. The measures contained in this SD are in addition to all other SDs currently in effect for your operations.

INFORMATION: On December 25, 2009, a terrorist attack was attempted against a flight traveling to the United States. TSA has identified security measures to be implemented by airports, aircraft operators, and foreign air carriers to mitigate potential threats to flights.


ACTIONS REQUIRED: If you conduct scheduled and/or public charter flight operations under a Full Program under 49 CFR 1544.101(a) departing from any foreign location to the United States (including its territories and possessions), you must immediately implement all measures in this SD for each such flight.


1. The aircraft operator or authorized air carrier representative must ensure all passengers are screened at the boarding gate during the boarding process using the following procedures. These procedures are in addition to the screening of all passengers at the screening checkpoint.

1. Perform thorough pat-down of all passengers at boarding gate prior to boarding, concentrating on upper legs and torso.
2. Physically inspect 100 percent of all passenger accessible property at the boarding gate prior to boarding, with focus on syringes being transported along with powders and/or liquids.
3. Ensure the liquids, aerosols, and gels restrictions are strictly adhered to in accordance with SD 1544-06-02E.

2. During the boarding process, the air carrier may exempt passengers who are Heads of State or Heads of Government from the measures outlined in Section I.A. of this SD, including the following who are traveling with the Head of State or Head of Government:

1. Spouse and children, or
2. One other individual (chosen by the Head of State or Head of Government)

3. For the purposes of Section I.B., the following definitions apply:

1. Head of State: An individual serving as the chief public representative of a monarchic or republican nation-state, federation, commonwealth, or any other political state (for example, King, Queen, and President).

2. Head of Government: The chief officer of the executive branch of a government presiding over a cabinet (for example, Prime Minister, Premier, President, and Monarch).


1. During flight, the aircraft operator must ensure that the following procedures are followed:

1. Passengers must remain in seats beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
2. Passenger access to carry-on baggage is prohibited beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
3. Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.
4. While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
5. Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR ACKNOWLEDGMENT: The aircraft operator must immediately provide written confirmation to its assigned PSI indicating receipt of this SD.

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR dissemination required: The aircraft operator must immediately pass the information and directives set forth in this SD to all stations affected, and provide written confirmation to its PSI, indicating that all stations affected have acknowledged receipt of the information and directives set forth in this SD. The aircraft operator must disseminate this information to its senior management personnel, ground security coordinators, and supervisory security personnel at all affected locations. All aircraft operator personnel implementing this SD must be briefed by the aircraft operator on its content and the restrictions governing dissemination. No other dissemination may be made without prior approval of the Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration. Unauthorized dissemination of this document or information contained herein is prohibited by 49 CFR Part 1520 (see 69 Fed. Reg. 28066 (May 18, 2004).

APPROVAL OF ALTERNATIVE MEASURES: With respect to the provisions of this SD, as stated in 49 CFR 1544.305(d), the aircraft operator may submit in writing to its PSI proposed alternative measures and the basis for submitting the alternative measures for approval by the Assistant Administrator for Transportation Sector Network Management. The aircraft operator must immediately notify its PSI whenever any procedure in this SD cannot be carried out by a government authority charged with performing security procedures.

FOR TSA ACTION ONLY: The TSA must issue this SD immediately to the corporate security element of all affected U.S. aircraft operators.

FOR STATE DEPARTMENT: Retransmittal to appropriate foreign posts is authorized. Post must refer to STATE 162917, 201826Z Sep 01, Subject: FAA Security Directives and Information Circulars: Definitions and Handling, for specific guidance and dissemination.

Gale Rossides
Acting Administrator

242 Responses

  1. I understand being safe but there have to be a better solution out there for security… better machines since we have to walk through so many… something

  2. What bullshit.

    Seriously? These rules are not only absolutely draconian but are going to end up putting business out of business & people out of their jobs. Welcome to making air travel absolutely uncomfortable. There comes a time when the people need to speak up and make their voices heard that a government does not have the right to decide what their citizens do or think. If they believe that removing WiFi inflight will make us safer, they are sorely mistaken. Blankets on someone one hour prior to landing, are you kidding me? That is going to make US as the traveling public safer, really?

    How about the TSA implement explosive screening at their checkpoints along with cargo and checked bags first. THAT will make us safer.

    Things that make NO SENSE:
    3. Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.
    4. While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
    5. Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.

  3. 4a. All windows must be removed from the aircraft prior to departure.

  4. All your civil liberties and freedoms just got revoked people. The TSA stepped over the line of people’s freedom and the reasonable security of the nation. Denying the use of a washroom 1hr prior to arrival? We don’t control when we go pee.

    Slowly but surely people’s civil rights will be violated freely by those who think they have power.

  5. […] especially in this peak travel season. And this went through the roof when FAA/TSA came up with knee-jerk measures to beef-up security on US-bound […]

  6. Blackbag everyone before entering the aircraft. Once seated you will be secured to the seat using hand and leg shackles. That’ll definitely work.

  7. I will be on a 15hr non stop flight to IAH???.and no in flight programming.?????….makes sense only if they can arrange for a good looking woman(who is nice to talk to) next to me….

    3. Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.

  8. […] they are applicable to foreign flights bound for the US and effective until December 30th (from BoardingArea via Gizmodo) U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security Administration Aviation […]

  9. Well, the terrorists are winning.. I am cancelling all US travel until this insanity is sorted out.

  10. The very definition of PTSD: trying to prevent an event that already happened.

  11. […] and dissemination. Gale Rossides Acting Administrator Great. I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  12. All [modern] terrorism really is, is the undoing of the concept that all acts of violence are dealt with on a local level. Shh, don’t tell anyone.

    So now instead, on this huge ass rock with, I don’t know, say 6.5 billion people if one little insignificant human does something destructive from our perspective, all the brainwashed sheep overreact by dealing with it on a GLOBAL scale.

    Here’s an analogy to help illustrate the idiocracy that is the modern people. If you were to apply this same logic consistently accross all facets of life, than….well remember when that flock of birds accidentally managed to get sucked into the engine of that plane in New York and the pilot did some kind of James Bond landing and saved the day?

    Well if there was any consistency to the above logic, than there would have already been a world-wide movement to rid the sky of all the fuckin birds! haaahaaa

  13. I’m embarrassed to be an American.

    30 years from now, people will look at how much economic damage TSA did to the US and ask themselves why we let it happen.

  14. Well, note though these are only interim measures. They expire on Wednesday. Let’s see what the permanent measures look like. Given the high alert situation, these don’t seem excessive as temporary measures.

  15. Um …

    “Unauthorized dissemination of this document or information contained herein is prohibited by 49 CFR Part 1520 (see 69 Fed. Reg. 28066 (May 18, 2004).”


  16. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  17. The only things that have made us safer in the last 10 years are the cockpit doors being locked and strengthened, and the fact that if you try ANYTHING the other passengers on the flight will kill your ass. Everything else is just an acknowledgement of how we’re letting terrorists inconvenience our otherwise most convenient mode of travel. Damn you terrorists!

  18. […] Here is the full TSA security guide posted by BordingArea: […]

  19. Apart from a bag over the head, it sounds like rendition.

    I wonder if the TSA officers at the customs checkpoint will refuse to tell you what city you’ve ended up in.

    I think the extra pat downs and searches are a good idea – it might help them find some clue – they certainly don’t have much at the moment.

  20. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  21. some whiners with knee jerk complaints are missing the point here..

  22. I for one really would er on the side of cation rather then let some idiot try to take a plane down and kill a bunch of innocent people. Sure its an inconvenience , but whats the alternative, (being dead) I have a metal hip and every time I fly I get pulled to the side and have to do the wand thingy in front of everybody, un buckle my pants check the fly and metal button, really is a pain in the ass but hey do I want to drive 2000 miles and 3 days on the road, or 4 hrs in the air and 1 hr in line getting screened? Sure I hope they find better ways to screen people and bags but what were stuck with is what were stuck with. Deal with it.

  23. So as I understand it I will have to put away my book for the last hour of the flight, and make sure to have Depends on because TSA doesnt care if I have an enlarged prostrate and need bathroom access more often than most. (I wonder if they would let you use a H.E.R.E. during the last hour….) What a bunch of crap. Looks like the PA28R is going to be getting a lot more use in the future… I’ll drive myself rather than put up with all this garbage.

  24. What an utter over-reaction! Is the TSA determined to destroy the airline industry? There is no way that I am going to fly under these circumstances once previously booked trips are completed.

    What’s next ? reporting to a pre-boarding centre to be strip searched and dressed in paper suits, blindfolded and handcuffed..?

  25. This is typical reactionary stupidity. Instead of using brains and confronting the terrorists they make stupid rules. Do they really think someone who wants to do damage wont do their thing 65 minutes before landing? We have people in our govt who have been asleep since 1993 and who have been brain dead for the last 9 years so they dont know there is terrorism and EVIL people in the world. Go figure when they call it “man made disaster” and not terrorism.

    Until they actually do security like they should meaning profiling – be it psychological or accent or where the passengers are from, we will be on a merry go round which isnt too merry. People are frustrated with security because they know TSA is going after the wrong people so they could play the PC game. Well bleep PC!

  26. What is the additional screening or qualifications to become a TSA agent. We have all heard that some of them are at fault for not doing thier job

  27. What is the deal with “one hour” ? So a terrorist does his preparation 15 minutes after take off ..

  28. Actually those who are challenging SD-1544-09-06 are not missing the point. This new security directive is a smoke & mirrors tactic, commonly known as ‘Security Theater.’ The new rules give the perception of being reactionary without providing any security benefit what so ever.

    Happy Flying!


  29. So if they do not allow folks to get up for during the last 1 hour of the flight then the terrorist will simply do it earlier! Makes no sense to have people sit in their seats for the last hour.

  30. The details of SD-1544-09-06 are not an act of caution, they are a public relations tactic, a show of force, rather than a security measure that provides any benefit.

    Happy Flying!


  31. Perhaps the ultimate solution would be shackled to your seat in your underware. They should make these TSA assholes fly at least once a week.

  32. Interesting…and, isn’t it amazing that the government is hysterical about aircraft safety…when our international borders are as accessible as any all-night Walgreens?

  33. I’m going to Europe, in a couple of weeks. I’ve half-a-mind to forfeit my airfares, and stay, the Heck, home! These desperate “fingers-in-the-leaking-dike”…ostensibly designed to halt attacks on the nation…are, as has been stated…all “PR”, directed at gtiving a false sense of security, to the masses! These clowns are neither deterred, nor fooled, by it. What is to prevent a dedicated troublemaker from slipping across the border at Juarez, and firmly ensconsing himself…right next-door, to one of us…while awating the “signal” to wreak havoc? Our international borders are worse than “sieves”…allowing the domestic terrorism of the Mexican drug-cartels…and, a relatively easy ingress to idiots, such as the one with the stupid fireworks, on the plane headed for Detroit! If the government sewed-up the borders…as well as aimed at holding airline passengers “hostage”…I wouldn’t mind, one bit! But, it should be CONSISTENT…or, is that asking too much???

  34. Dear all, don’t waste time posting comments here or on the TSA site (liek they are going to listen or do something different), write your senators and congressman and implore them to investigate the TSA, their effectiveness, and the balance of power that currently exists. TSA appears to be operating outside the general rule of law and can impose actions that are violations of basic human rights, with no due process. It’s crazy, costly, and totally ineffective.

  35. This brings to mind a comedic skit performed back in the 80s on Saturday Night Live which seems so insightful now. In the skit the flight attendants greeted each passenger as they boarded the aircraft and passed out loaded weapons to every individual along with a blanket and a pillow.

  36. No offense intended, but writing to Senators and Congressmen about ANYTHING of relevance, is tantamount to…well…”making wee-wee”, in the wind! They are all firmly settled in their well-feathered, personal nests…and, couldn’t care, less…about the rest of us! This is, without question, a serious infringement on basic human rights…but, those in positions of “leadership”…”have theirs”…and, seem quite safe “doing nothing”, and keeping the status quo just as it is! As long as Americans have their Wii systems…and their Old Milwaukee…the Congress knows that they have nothing to fear: “Don’t rock the boat!”, they cry…and, those of us who truly CARE, will eventually give-up, and go away…There hasn’t been a groundswell of national indignation, since the Vietnam war! Congress knows that it is safe to “look the other way”, on this, and every other serious national issue…

  37. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  38. …and the TSA is to “PAT-DOWN” boarding passengers, too! That will be a hoot, for me, especially, since I am retired from law enforcement, and am used to “patting-down”, OTHERS, lol!! This is ridiculous…

  39. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. This is insanity. That plus spending Billions of dollars and inconveniencing people for Billons of hours. It appears that the only thing that works is the passengers and crews on airplanes that just aren’t going to let something happen.

  40. So. If you are a terrorist, you don’t pack any powders around uppers legs or torso. Lower legs and arms are okay! And you don’t wait until the last hour of the flight to do anything! Why don’t we give them the exact instructions on how they should carry out their jihad ?

    These rules are absolutely ridiculous and will not make anyone one bit safer — definately inconvenienced and probably less safer…..

  41. The religious fanatic terrorists have succeeded in their objectives by bringing to a standstill or near to it, the air transportation system within and to the USA. They also succeeded in getting the USA to spend billions on the so-called but mostly ineffective security infrastructure that only gives the appearance of security.

    What needs to be done, as distasteful as it seems to the basic American principles, is to use profiling, be it ethnic, behaviors, travel patterns, ect rather than having old white women, small children and the obviously non-terrorist travelers have to comply to such procedures.

    What happens if someone decides to sneak contraband onboard in his anal cavity? Do we all have to undergo an anal cavity search?

  42. It’s official, the inmates are running the asylum.

  43. @Don: Actually, if you are a terrorist, you can continue business as usual. The new TSA rules (as all the others) will only be applied to Joe American travelling with his family. Muslims will be able to pass right through security without a second thought for fear of discriminatory profiling.

  44. The terrorist have won.. they have done exactly waht they intended to do as they know exactly how the TSA will kneeejerk-us-off…they understand that this will kill business, stop travelers from going to the US..

    What about all of the diabetics that must have their insulin and needles with them all the time?? do they stop travel now?? what happens if a baby has to get a diaper change?? are we all to smell and hear a screaming child for the last hour of flight?? should that child suffer as well??

    Ya they won.. and they will continue to do these type of things.. its easy, and it pays off their efforts with big returns.. This is the civil version of an IED and the traveling public is the target..

  45. lol…You can tell that those who contribute to this blog aren’t the ones who “set policy” for the TSA! They are all far too astute and thoughtful!!

  46. […] 30+ comments regarding the events surrounding Delta Air Lines Flight 253 and the TSA implementing Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 I received an e-mail with a question that caught my […]

  47. when are people going to wake up and realize we have a bunch of idiots running our country and the few that are not ,are afraid to stand up for what they know is right, because the dont want to make waves. people need to stand up for what they believe in, right or wrong and quit being a follower. this is the first time in my life i have ever been afraid of what the consequences of our current government is going to create. Its not good

  48. I can’t wait to pee in my seat !! So if I can’t have anything in my LAP, can I reach down under my seat to get whatever I need?
    “The Terrorists” are TSA. They take away are freedom and imprison us in our seats while telling us it is for our own good and treating us like children. F them.

  49. It starts with mother’s milk, then water. All terrorists do it. Do we try to stop it there. No WATER, NO MILK? Makes about as much sense.

  50. It says it expires on 12/30…

  51. A lot of these new rules seem irrelevant to the issue.
    One can only think that the TSA assumes that terrorists want to blow up airliners over populated areas to achieve maximum fatalities.Now they will limit their activity to blowing up airlines two or three or four hours out.
    Stopping maps showing where we are is asinine as most of us can look out the window or at our watch during a flight and know roughly where we are.
    The issue is in third world countries and slack airline employees.
    The Nigerian government says this guy entered the country unknown to them
    and yet they let him board a plane when they knew his name was on a local of turned men.
    The booking agent who accepted cash should have red flagged this guy.
    Northwest security in Nigeria should have stopped him boarding on the basis that he paid in cash , one way with no checked luggage.. sounds like a red flag to me.
    Another huge weakness seems to be in transit in Amsterdam where they assume the passenger has already been checked by security and do not recheck when they board him for the next flight.
    Bottom line: Profile airports and countries we know have have poor security and triple check anyone coming from those countries.

  52. All AIRPORTS SHOULD HAVE THE PUFFERS IN THEM. Even the SMALL ones like Sioux Falls or any airport that has only ONE CHECK POINT LANE. Even the large ones like LAX and LAS. Every check point lane should have the puffer machines.
    Maybe TSA shouldn’t get a rid of their BEST OFFICERS!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Vaughan Morris

    Please read my posts on the Myths & Facts regarding NW253.

    -The flight from Lagos to Amsterdam was KLM, not NWA

    -Airport security is not handled by the airlines, it is handled by a 3rd party agency are virtually all airports worldwide

    – Paying for tickets in cash in some African nations is completely normal due to the economic instability of financial institutions in the region.

    – Have flown around the world with a single carry-on backpack, no checked luggage is not a red flag for security

    – All Passengers departing Amsterdam-Schiphol undergo security screening at the gate for all non-Schengen flights

    Please check your facts.

    Happy Flying!


  54. DJ

    Puffers were removed once they were found to be inaccurate quite often. They need to make them more reliable then reinstall them.

    Happy Flying!


  55. Just released on CNN. The government has changed the language of the one hour rule from “must” to “at the discretion of the flight crew”. Do you think the knee just got jerked back a little?
    I’m a pilot an hope to buy a GA aircraft this year and fly myself to small reliever airports as far from TSA screeners as I can!

  56. […] his bungled attempt to blow up Flight 253, and the Transportation Security Administration’s draconian crackdown on international flightas a result. Here’re a couple of key things to learn from […]

  57. […] of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration has quickly revised portions of its Security Directive SD-1544-09-06, which I posted it its entirety yesterday in this post: 27/12/2009 – TSA Security Directive […]

  58. Welcome to 1950’s Germany, or Russia, or anywhere else where passive citizens submitted themselves without a peep of resistance – to a disturbed mind(s) – aka, dictators – to control their country, until outside Allies stepped in. Now we just need an Ally…

  59. Whatever . . . . flying still beats walking

  60. Obviously it is not that hard to try to blow up a plane. This guy was on the watchlist, had a bomb on him, ties to terrorists, even had his dad call up the US Embassy to warn he felt his son was going to do something stupid. If that guy can get on the plane, why the heck am I taking off my shoes and not able to have my toothpaste in my carry-on when I fly?

  61. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  62. People are missing the point of these security directives.
    They’re not about preventing terrorism, they’re about getting people accustomed to following orders.

  63. Seriously? This is how TSA and our Government wants to make it safer? How about first starting at the source of the problem? There is so much information out there that is not being shared between Homeland, FBI, CIA etc. People are not doing what they are supposed to do because of all the bureaucracy (crazy), because common sense is not being applied. Then you add the TSA into the mix with all the wanna-be-cop employees using outdated technology.

    At the end of the day, our freedom and rights are being taken away. And don’t give me any “it’s for your safety” stuff. These measurements don’t make it much safer but big time more inconvenient for everyone to fly. These steps address one small area of a big problem.

    All I can say – big fail to the TSA and the US Government to let it get this far.

    My prediction: We soon will only be allowed to fly in a Speedo and don’t think about moving at all during your flight.

  64. So if a terrorist is going towards the cockpit during the last hour before a flight lands, we can’t get up to stop him?

  65. Has anyone flown out of Vancouver lately? Is Canada still sane? I live near Seattle, it’s not that bad a drive up there if I need to fly out of the US.

    I went to Europe recently and it was so much quicker and pleasanter there.

    Would it get attention if everyone on a plane wet their seat every trip? Maybe if it could be managed with a plastic bag or the like, without ruining clothes. Actually, how about a tiny envelope of DRIED pee that could mixed with the remains of one’s drink and “left behind.”

    If it wasn’t for the secret air marshals, it would be funny if the pilot came out just before takeoff and asked if anyone minded or would tell if they just “forgot” the security rules.

  66. […] Hedonist {December 28, 2009}   The new TSA directives. REALLY??? First, here is a link to the new directives, courtesy of […]

  67. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  68. […] in the TSA security directive issued to airlines on Saturday, after a Nigerian man reportedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound flight, is this: 1. During […]

  69. […] Here are some other great perspectives on this incident I have enjoyed reading: * Dan Webb with Things in the Sky * Brett Snyder with Cranky Flier * Mary Kirby on her blog and via Twitter * Steven Frischling with Flying with Fish […]

  70. […] to Boardingarea.com – the TSA has locked down information, communications and technology designed for passenger use […]

  71. My son was flying from Australia to Guam, the person at the security gate was Muslim, towel head and all.. He saw my son’s Star of David necklace and told him he wanted to strip search him. My son said absolutely not. He is in the Navy DI. He told the muslim to get his supervisor. He told the supervisor he was not going to be strip-searched because the muslim hated him be a Jew. He was in the Navy and the US was not the ones blowing up planes it was people like this muslim who was suppose to be screening for potential terrorists. He told them that they had the foxes guarding the hen-houses. He would be more afraid to fly on a plane that had muslims screening for possible terrorists. I agree whole-heartedly. I think if you are a muslim you should not be allowed into this country and all the muslims here should be made to leave. They should not be trusted in any capacity with the lives of US citizens. And they should definately not be screening for airlines and allowing their muslim brothers or sisters on any plane so that they can blow them up. Get rid of the muslims, protest any airlines that allow them to work in or around an airport.
    My son did not have to strip or be searched. And he gave the muslim a thourough toungue lashing.

  72. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  73. […] 28-Dec-2009 Nods to @petrillic for the slogan.  Here’s the article in question. […]

  74. […] Here are some other great perspectives on this incident I have enjoyed reading: * Dan Webb with Things in the Sky * Brett Snyder with Cranky Flier * Mary Kirby on her blog and via Twitter * Steven Frischling with Flying with Fish […]

  75. These rules they’ve come up with are completely ridiculous. They don’t solve the problem at all. If a terrorist wants to blow a plane up now he’ll just do it before the last hour of the flight.

    As for not being allowed to use the bathroom at all during the last hour, that’s a violation of basic human dignity. If this stays in effect, I’m tempted to just piss all over the back of the seat in front of me on purpose.

    Instead of coming up with all this bullshit, they should instead actually search people and baggage before allowing it onto the planes. There shouldn’t be much of any restrictions on what you do on the plane, because they’re supposed to ensure that no one has dangerous items on them BEFORE they board.

    What really makes me want to /facepalm is their saying that we can’t use wi-fi during the flight. So much for the brand new emerging market of offering internet access to travelers on board planes. Good job shutting down a new industry before it can take off!

  76. In lieu of all the media attention after the event on Flight 253, I think it might also be prudent to point to the air Cargo industry as well. The 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act proposed 100% imaging overseas of all import containers. Just like the new security measures that are being implemented after Flight 253, the 9/11 Recommendation also proposed dramatic increases in security for cargo.

    However now, years later, DHS had announced that it will push back its proposed 100% Cargo Scanning Deadline for two years to 2014. There was avid domestic and international concern over who would pick up the tab for the implementation, estimated $8 million per trade lade or $16.8 billion worldwide. IES: The Software Solution for the Future of Freight. IES Ltd serves Customs Brokers, NVOCCs, Freight Forwarders and more. Many also voiced concerns that these costs would affect the entire industry, from the manufacturer, to the consolidator, to the carrier, the ports, customs broker, freight forwarder, warehousing and distribution, to the importers and ultimately, the consumer.

    My concern can be summarized as this: If the tab for cargo screening has been pegged at 16.8 billion, imagine the cost if these same security measures were applied if another crisis arose. If implementation is not feasible, then a solid contingency plan should be in place. Although it is does appear valid that 100% Cargo Screening would be an enormous undertaking, I believe that there should be some sort of plan in place right now for cargo screening in case of such an another similar event such as Flight 253 that affects cargo.

  77. Pretty soon, flights will be like the movie, Con-Air & we will be shackled like prisoners.

  78. Debbie (Post #71),

    Not to delve into politics or religion here…but I am Jewish and I have traveled in the Middle East, worked in the Middle East and counted the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs as one of my clients. What we need in this world is not to expel people, what we need is common ground. Common ground is very hard to find, but as a Jew look back in our history and you will find Jews & Muslims intertwined on many peaceful levels throughout history.

    I am not an apologist, I am however comfortable in who I am and my history and being comfortable with who I am, and my history, I able to look at everyone I meet on a level of who they are as a person…not base my opinions on culture, religion, race or other common dividers.

    Your son is in the Military and I applaud that. As part of your son’s oath he swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States…and the Constitution affords religious freedom for all.

    Happy Flying!


  79. This is total BS. Give me fucking liberty. Why not just fill the plane with laughing gas and make everyone sleep the whole way? They might as well just strap everyone down with a catheter, blind folded, and drugged. Is the next step painting over all the windows so we can’t look out the plane either?

    Oh, and @Debbie.. Why don’t we just round up all the Muslims and put them in concentration camps? They’re the ones causing all the trouble any way, right? And then once they’re in these camps, we can put them to “work”. Just pay no attention to all the “black smoke” the factories they work in produce…..shame on you, Jew. For shame that you would even suggest starting to treat Muslims as your people were treated leading up to the holocaust. For shame…

  80. JasonHears Post #79.

    I did in no way shape or form say that they should be put in Death Camps. My grandmother, (my mother is from Netherlands), was in a Concentration Camp during WWII , and I would wish that on noone.
    But the Jewish people are not the ones who are killing the Infidels,(anyone who is not a muslim). The Jewish people and the muslims have in many years gone had intermitent good relationships. And there are I am sure good muslims as there are bad Jew’s. But the muslims are training their people to kill all infidels… guess what unless you are a devout muslim that means you and me and most US citizens. My cousins in the Netherlands tell me that the muslim people scream and curse at them and yes they are killing their people. So your hatefilled words toward me would be better spent trying to figure out how you will save you and your loved ones when the muslim take over yet another country… ours.

  81. The P-C politicians and bureacrats are going to get more Americans killed. Didn’t these guys ever watch McGiver? Criminals are always one step ahead of the law, especially when the law enforcers have to operate with asinine rules dreamed up by desk-jockey bureacrats who wouldn’t recognize Osama Bin Laden if he spit on them.

    A “pat down” won’t find the new a** bombs that the crazies are just starting to use. Is “drop your pants and bend over” next? With the possible exception of the Swedish Bikini Team, all foreign nationals coming into the USA should be suspect and profiled, ESPECIALLY ones from middle eastern and third world countries. When the Swedish Bikini Team members start blowing themselves and others up, they get added to the list too.

    Of course the common denominator in 99.9% of ALL terrorists activities in the last 25 years or so is Islam. We are at war with Islam because Islam is at war with us (and all non-Muslims). The problem is that our P-C politicians and liberals just can’t bring themselves to admit it because they have their head up their a**.

    If there is any justice in the world, some P-C, see-no-evil politiicans will be on the next plane that gets blown out of the sky.

    BTW, JasonHears, if Sharia Law ever comes to the USA, I’ll bet you will have your head chopped off before most of the folks here that you disagree with would, even though you are probably anti-semitic. Why don’t you try going to a Muslim dominated country and spew your “freedom” BS.

    Oh, and I have about 700,000 flying miles. How many do you have?

    The security for planes will get under control – even if we do have to surrender some more of our personal freedoms to have it done. While I haven’t tried it, I doubt you are “free” to urinate in the aisle. Rather than be so concerned about flying, people really ought to be concerend about soft targets, like elementary schools, and whatever is being smuggled in inside the millions of completely unscreened cargo containers that are trucked all over the USA.

  82. ok. So i’m next on a flight that just returned from overseas. I sit down and the seat is wet cause someone had to take a leak! Are the airlines prepared for pissed on seats? Can I get another seat (dry one) because the one i’m assigned to is wet? Maybe the airlines should hand out adult diapers at NO CHARGE!!!

  83. This is nothing more than security theater at its worst. I wish for once that our government would actually do something that worked and solved (or prevented) problems instead of knee jerk reactions that are embarassing and just plain stupid!

    Its time to drive more or take Amtrak.

  84. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway Girl] […]

  85. […] about the cabin while in flight.  Instead of posting the entire document, I’m linking to it via Flying With Fish.  Here is the link if you have trouble opening the […]

  86. […] (via) […]

  87. Let’s just privatize all airlines and airports, abolish the FAA, etc. and let airlines compete on safety points.

  88. […] new directive also requires a thorough pat-down of all passengers on international flights to the United States […]

  89. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  90. […] Published on Dec 29, 2009 at 3:00 am . Filled under: Society | No Comments Buried in the TSA security directive issued to airlines on Saturday, after a Nigerian man reportedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound flight, is this: 1. During […]

  91. Recently flew from Orlando – Newburg, NY. A man with a full prothesis up to mid-thigh was in TSA line; was told he had to completely remove his artificial leg. I watched as the sec. people took the mech. leg apart in all apendages. It took the passenger 45 mins. to get thru it and this jerk aboard Delta #253 breezes in and on the plane with a stopover in Schiphol no less, the most buttoned up airport in Europe. What’s the point? We are so damned dumb! And look who we have for Homeland Sec. head? Sad!!! Gimme a break!!!

  92. The people who issued these rules are responsible for the security of our air transport system… God help us!

  93. Debbie,
    it is people like you who are the idiots.

    Yeah right, all bad things happen because of Muslims. Maybe Bush was a Muslim as well, since he’s the one who initiated WWIII (yes we are in it now).

    It has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with being brainwashed, albeit, Muslim, Christian or Jew.

    Believing in something that doesn’t exist, proves that you are just as acceptable to being brainwashed and doing something you believe is right.

    Face the facts, religion is for the weak, who have no self moral’s or guidance of their own so they need someone to “coach” them through life.

    Everyone knows whats right and wrong, religion distorts this.

    Anyway, back to the subject….

    I agree with post 79, apart from the catheters. Either gas everyone, or restrain everyone for 100% safety…. unless its a Muslim restraining us… right??

    Enjoy Americas Land of the Free….

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  97. […] punishing and restricting the freedom of… innocent airline passengers. According to a new TSA security directive distributed to airlines on Saturday, airlines are to “disable aircraft-integrated passenger […]

  98. Why don’t they train more explosive sniffing dogs?
    They cost less than those damned backscatter machines and can cover more people faster than any xray machine ever will.
    Pat down? Hah! How can you tell if the person has a really thin layer of explosives on them patting them down through their clothes?
    If it is hidden in your waistline how are they going to find explosives under your belt?
    I think their next step is that you have to take you underwear off before you get on the aircraft.

    We have idiots running TSA! Thats for sure.
    The one hour ban to overhead luggage? That’s stupid. At any time before that I could get something I needed to do what that fool did on Northwest. It will be only a matter of time before TSA screeners will get lazy in their screening of bags.
    Everything they have stated now for security purposes does not make any logical sense.
    They forgot to mention that the Captain should also turn off the channel that lets you listen to the cockpit and tower talking. If you have a scanner, you could follow the conversation that way and still know where you are.

  99. […] Over the past few days carry-on baggage regulations for flights to the United States have been in a state of flux following the attempted terrorist attack on Delta Air Lines Flight 253, operated by Northwest Airlines and the release of the TSA’s Security Directive SD-1544-09-06. […]

  100. […] the rest here (and the 100 […]

  101. Rick Libertarianski

    Bring back the shipping biz so we can take the SS Gargantuan to Europe.

  102. “Before entering the aircraft, all passengers will remove all their clothing. Upon entering the aircraft, the crew will administer sedatives to all passengers. Passengers will then be placed in 4-point restraints for the duration of the flight. All clothing and carry-on luggage will be disposed of before the aircraft is allowed to taxi.”

    Short of this, someone will always be able to (in some way) cause a problem on an airplane. Of course this wouldn’t stop sabotage to an airplane before take-off, or a pilot going terrorist. Even if air travel was magically made terrorism-proof, there is no way to prevent an unknown person from hurting other people. It is impossible. These random restrictions the TSA comes out with are not risk management, it is terrorism – the use of fear as a means of coercion.

  103. […] what this year’s holiday travelers will be subjected to before being allowed to board their flights: no sharp metal implements of any kind, no liquids or […]

  104. Would someone please tell me how this will improve anything? Do they think a terrorist will decide not to do anything because they can’t access their “tools” or each other 60 minutes before landing? Uh, sanity check. What about the rest of the flight time?
    Would someone please apply a bit of forethought to ANY of these security policies?

    Oh, and as a parent of small children – shutting down the lavatory 60 minutes before landing just isn’t realistic. Little bladders don’t come with timers or schedules.

  105. To Debbie:
    Almost 25% of the world’s population is Muslim. If “muslims are training their people to kill all infidels” we would all be dead.

    All religions have fanatics who use violence to bully others. We don’t stereotype Christians as Branch Davidians, or any number of other crazy sects that have showed up over the years. We don’t stereotype Mormons based on the Yearn for Zion polygamist sect. Despite “Zealot” now being synonymous with a person in a crazy sect, we do not stereotype Jews based on the Zealot sect, or any number of other crazy sects over the years.

    Don’t you realize the stereotypes you espouse are the kind of stereotypes that led to the Holocaust?

    There has not been a true religion-wide holy war in over seven hundred years, the Crusades. Before that, the Islamic expansion that ended over a thousand years ago. The terrorism happening today is not a even remotely close to the religious war you have made it out to be. Such a war would be very short and more than likely end in global extinction.

  106. Debbie,
    I am an American of Japanese descent. I serve in the US military. I have worked hard all my life and have taught my children to work hard, respect the Constitution, and treat people around them with respect.

    What you typed up in your first post [December 28th, 2009 at 2:06 pm], is scary. Talk like that spread through the US like wildfire during WWII and put people like me and my children in detention camps within our own country and robbed those US CITIZENS of everything they had earned. You need to do some serious self reflection to imagine someone saying those same words about whatever nationality or faith you belong to and seeing what it feels like.

    To give you an example of how what you said sounded: probably 1% of the US teenage population are criminals. Based upon your logic, every teen should be thrown into jail to avoid problems with that 1%.

  107. Next a TSA-monitored changing room where all clothing will be exchanged for a hospital gown and paper slippers? Clothing and luggage then go on a cargo-only aircraft and matched up with passengers at the destination changing room.

  108. Woody Allen had it right. Just make everyone wear their underwear on the outside of their clothes.

    Seriously, we need to hire an ex El Al security person to run TSA and give them the authority to do it right. It’s time for the amateurs to step down and get a serious professional to do the job. As a matter of fact, it’s time for all of the children in government to find something new to do, and get the adults in, in their place.

  109. As a business executive who travels frequently, I may see this issue a little differently. I think that the airline industry – airports and airlines – are going to have to invest their own money (not a give-away from the Federal Government) in up-to-date and available screening technology for commercial travel, instead of inane rule add-ons every time an event like the NW flight occurs.
    The real problem we face in American air travel is that we are trying to patch together a higher level of security with security equipment from many years ago when the recent events were deemed something that could never happen to us in America. 9/11/01 canged all this, but, 8+ years later, what has the airline industry really changed to increase safety on an airplane:
    -replaced for-hire security with TSA – an improvement? That is a chin scratcher!
    – limiting carry on liquids to 3 ounces per container
    – making you show said liquids separate in the x-ray process
    – taking off your shoes and removing coats/hats prior to the same screening technology from decades ago.
    – sometimes removing your belt???? (who are we James West or Artemis Gordon with secret belt bombs?

    The bottom line is if travel is going to become really safe and not a huge inconvenience, there will have to be investment in new technology, just like any other industry has to do to stay ahead. Remember the brick cell phones? now my family members can surf the web on a phone the size of a deck of cards. Industry must and does change with the times if it wants to survive.

    What has the airline industry done in the past 25 years to update their commercial offering and why should the airline industry be any different than other for-profit companies?

  110. […] scratches his head over the TSA’s recent instructions to airlines regarding U.S.-bound […]

  111. More knee jerk reaction for a conveniently foiled terror plot as we ramp up talk and sell bombs to Yemen. Yep, I am totally buying that b.s. story… Time to complete my private pilot training.



  112. In response to John’s comment….

    “I wonder if the TSA officers at the customs checkpoint will refuse to tell you what city you’ve ended up in.”

    – This only applies if your Northwest Airlines flight overflies its final destination by 150 miles or more…….

  113. […] subpoena gave Agent Falherty the permission to search any faxes and emails related to TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06.  Directive  1544-09-06 were all the fun new rules the TSA put into place that were widely […]

  114. […] the list goes on, literally for pages. And why all the new regulations? Knee-jerk reaction to extremely poorly designed and executed […]

  115. […] subpoena gave Agent Falherty the permission to search any faxes and emails related to TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06.  Directive  1544-09-06 were all the fun new rules the TSA put into place that were widely […]

  116. This nonsense should come as no surprise from an agency that is part and parcel to the keystone cops of homeland security headed up by that most incompetent buffoon, Napotilano. I would sooner trust my security to Mo, Larry and Curly than to the morons at homeland security. This near disaster but for the grace of God, just shows how after throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at that inefficient bureaucratic mess, homeland security, we’re no better off now that we were prior to 911. This incident proves conclusively that islamic terrorists can easily penetrate our defenses at airports just as US Army Major Nidal Hasan can go on unimpeded after making threatening remarks about our troops and making contact with known terrorists. The idiots at HS through the FBI should have had sufficient reason to deny a visa for the Detroit bomber based entirely on his father’s expression of concern delivered to American consular officials in Nigeria. Everyone should recall that it was the issue of visa’s with respect to the 911 terrorists that was faulted as having been too easy. Those who fail to read history are doomed to repeat it.

    No one should feel safe on any flight especially on a larger jet. Napo is so stupid she had the audacity to claim the system worked and only after being taken to the wood shed over that moronic statement did she backtrack insisting that her comments were taken out of context, the usual refrain from idiots and liars when confronted with their exact words. Installing the necessary detection systems at airports over the objections of that hate-america organization masquerading as a guardian of civil liberties, the ACLU, is what should be immediately done at all costs. Such systems are available but were kept from being installed by the ACLU and their leftist lackies in Congress. It is just a matter of time until a massive and deadly attack succeeds in killing many innocent americans because of the sheer incompetence at the executive level of our government.

  117. […] Yesterday evening was like most other nights, until around 6:30pm when I received a phone call from Chris Elliot. Chris is a travel journalist, who happens to be National Geographic Traveler’s Reader Advocate, writes a regular column for The Washington Post, produce a weekly segment for MSNBC…and Chris is the other journalist who received and published a copy of the TSA’s Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 […]

  118. Thanks for publishing this.
    The measures are not going to be effective as a solution.

    We need a root and branch review of security and some new thinking.

    There is surely much to learn from frequent flyer programs with separate lounges and tier levels. That’s what I would like to see – which is why I sacrificed my privacy in order to take advantage of the iris eye scanner to jump the queues at immigration in the UK.

    I shall watch developments with interest and report on my upcoming LGW to MCO flight

    Angus (mystery flyer dot com)

  119. […] The new regs themselves are almost impossible to find on the TSA’s own inscrutable Web site, of course. So hats off to bloggers like Steven Frischling, AKA “Fish,” for posting Aviation Security Directive 1544-09-06 on his Web site: “Flying with Fish.”  […]

  120. This is what happens to a country when you let the government get too big.

    Obama preached accountability. I expect to see many fired over this incident.

    Taking away my internet, pillow and blanket or making me pee in my pants during the last hour of the fight will not stop the next terrorist.

    People world-wide are laughing at us. Is this the best America can come up with? Is this the best the former super power can do to stop terrorism? If anything it gives confidence to terrorists world-wide, they must be reading the TSA security directive and thinking to themselves that they are definitely smarter than the US and they should only try more and harder now to destroy us.

  121. @bert

    1 hour being screened? get real. when is the last time anyone has made it through airport security/screening for a flight in an hour or less? probably not since 09/10/2001. try 3 or 4 hours and dealing with this kind of b u l l s h i t.

    seems that the terrorists have indeed ‘won’. if anyone thinks this kind of draconian action by our government with regards to travel and so much else isn’t an obvious goal of terrorists is blind. they don’t just wish to terrorize and kill people. they want our government to slowly remove, and justify removing our freedoms because of it. sad part is, it is working like a charm. and people like bert are ok with that. well right now they are taking away minor things. lets see what you have to say when the government removes our basic freedoms and rights to ‘protect’ us from terrorism.

  122. […] is worth the cost. Because Abdulmutallab used a blanket to conceal what he was doing, the TSA told airlines to ban the use of blankets during the last hour of flights to the United States. Also […]

  123. […] a Dept. of Homeland Security subpoena to him Dec. 29, two days after he published the Christmas Day TSA security directive and warned him they would contact KLM over the issue if he didn’t comply with the subpoena […]

  124. […] subpoena gave Agent Falherty the permission to search any faxes and emails related to TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06. Directive 1544-09-06 spelled out all the fun new rules the TSA put into place that were widely […]

  125. what does turning off the internet and entertainment systems do to prevent terrorism?


    this is an intelligence community failure. this was not caused by the travelling public at large.

    way to make a failure of a failure of a failure TSA. subpoenaing the travel bloggers that published this? FAIL.

  126. TSA moved with commendable speed after the Christmas incident. For the new airport security rules, look here:


  127. […] home. Frischling is one of two noted writers, including Christopher Elliot, who over the weekend published a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security directive outlining the agency’s new stricter security guidelines in the wake of a failed Christmas Day […]

  128. At this rate, two more amateurish attempts and we will all be flying nude, handcuffed to our seats.

  129. […] Fish’s original post. […]

  130. The only reason for implementing SD 1544-09-06 was to show the TSA is doing something, however ineffective, in (knee-jerk) reaction to the attack on Flight NW253. And now the TSA is investigating the “leak” of this directive?

  131. Not Flying Anymore

    All passengers should be stripped and then immediately put on a straight jacket. Once seated, with assistance, they should be handcuffed to their seat, and have a hood put over their head. Then they should be beaten into unconsciousness, except when the liquor cart comes around, when they should be forced to pay an exorbitant price for a pain killing 150 proof shot of TSA employee piss.

    I can totally support these necessary security measures because I am not going to fly again anywhere if I can help it.

  132. We’re being set up once again. A clumsy Muslim Terrorist, a Dutch Jewish Hero Savior. It really is getting boring. It’s all about control, scare tactics and Muslim scapegoats. Is it just me? What’s next? Some Dancing Israelis with Turbans shooting missiles at our planes? It’s soooooooooooooo transparent, come on.

  133. If you conduct scheduled and/or public charter flight operations under a Full Program under 49 CFR 1544.101(a) departing from any foreign location to the United States

    hello people it says FOREIGN so
    1.unless you are comming from Canada or Mexico you cant drive
    2.this isnt your CONUS flight…
    Perform thorough pat-down of all passengers at boarding gate prior to boarding, concentrating on upper legs and torso

    i disagree with this entirely, it is a bit over the top. I mean comon are you really going to expect people to wait while every single passenger recives a “thorough pat-down”?

  134. I’m dreading the day when a terrorist actually stores dynamite in his rectum and TSA then makes body cavity search mandatory…

  135. […] aboard a U.S. bound aircraft, the Transportation Security Administration created and distributed a security directive which was leaked to 2 bloggers.  Stephen Frischling and Chris Elliot, both travel bloggers […]

  136. […] with Things in the Sky * Brett Snyder with Cranky Flier * Mary Kirby on her blog and via Twitter * Steven Frischling with Flying with Fish * How could this happen? By the NY […]

  137. […] subpoena gave Agent Falherty the permission to search any faxes and emails related to TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06. Directive 1544-09-06 spelled out all the fun new rules the TSA put into place that were widely […]

  138. LOL I Like what reply #130 stated.

    Everything that’s listed in regards to the “Gate” should have been adhered to ALREADY. Why is this NEW?

    The in-flight stuff is ridiculous too. No blanket or pillow within in hour of landing? Not telling people where you’re flying over? Whatever happened to the pilot saying, “Ladies and Gentlemen if you look out your window, you will notice we are flying over the beautiful Sierra Nevadas (or other landmark)….”

    BTW, I don’t trust TSA as far as I can throw my car. :) Too much theft going on….stealing shit from people’s baggage? Who hires these people???

    Just like the illegal immigration problem, the US government is putting a band-aid on the problem instead of getting to the root of it. What good are all the directives listed above IF TERRORISTS aren’t showing up on the NO FLY LIST for crying out loud?

  139. Sad, pitiful, pathetic.

  140. let’s boycott flying…until this (TSA abusive decisions) gets straightened out…
    according to airline pilots @ http://www.secure-skies.org -TSA has never properly done their jobs, at a cost of millions per year.

  141. How about racial profiling?

  142. The terrorists are laughing at us. The TSA is doing exactly what the terrorists set out for them to do and that is to disrupt the lives of Americans. When will the government realize that punishing its citizens for the terrorist acts of others has zero effect on terrorism?

  143. After all of this, human stupidity will still rule. TSA worker shooting the shit with a fellow TSA worker misses looking at body scanner screen, allowing anything on this persons body to board with him. All the bull shit rules making travel miserable will not solve the above. Fix the system!!!!!!! Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance!

  144. […] Flying with Fish’s posting of Security Directive 1544-09-06 […]

  145. […] The new regs themselves are almost impossible to find on the TSA’s own inscrutable Web site, of course. So hats off to bloggers like Steven Frischling, AKA “Fish,” for posting Aviation Security Directive 1544-09-06 on his Web site: “Flying with Fish.”  […]

  146. Individuals working for the TSA have crossed the line time and again. The individuals who threatened you are not interested in national security, they are interested in being “gangstas” and criminals under the umbrella of the law. Others think that brute force works simpler than using true detective work and it does for people not smart enough to differentiate between a criminal and a citizen. Judgement for them will come and it will be severe and nobody will save them from their crimes.

  147. […] by TSA agents bearing subpoenas yesterday. TSA is on the warpath searching for the leaker of this SD from TSA, which went out immediately after the Abdulmutallab attack: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY […]

  148. For some time Ive contemplated why it is apparent that our government run agencies and those that have authority in them lack “common sense” and have a disturbingly lean towards incompetency.

    How could a country that facilitated the winning of WWII, build an economic powerhouse unlike History has ever seen in 200 years, and for cliche’s sake, put Man on the moon (multiple times), be failing so miserably in so many ways?

    The only thing that makes sense is the lack of disciplined, pragmatic people in positions authority, and to a degree, the lack of the same in the general population.

    Imagine after WWII and Korea, and even Vietnam, the number of military trained people that entered public service in many arenas. Imagine the number of those in the general public who were actively engaged in support of these events. (especially WWII)

    We now have very few people like that in charge , and those in power (state and national lawmakers) are for the most part those that despised the military in their youth.

    Garbage in, garbage out.

    Perhaps the large number of military trained people in theater since 2003 will strengthen us in the future as they rise through the ranks of public authority. Until then we are doomed with the unqualified ruling hand of the hippie generation, and their undisciplined, entitlement minded children (the 35-45 y.olds) who hold lower posts of authority and run departments within these agencies..

    Perhaps all US citizens should be required 1 year of military service, just for the fact that discipline will be learned. All positions held would be in the US and non combat and require community service as part of the training. Then one could be released back into the public with a mind slightly more aware of more than itself.

    Just an idea.

  149. Seems like the TSA is willing to be harsher against bloggers who are tell us about Govt ineptitude than against terrorists who threaten to kill our people. Am I wrong or does it appear that the Feds are more genuinely angry with bloggers and commentators than with Al-Queda?

  150. I’ve been boycotting the airlines for years. Why pay good money to be treated like a terrorist? I sincerely hope the airline industry goes bankrupt for not standing up to the fascists. Oh, wait… they ARE the fascists who will get “bailed out” if they go bankrupt….
    Seriously, if you still do business with these people you are part of the problem. Drive, take a train, take a cruise – so may ways to get around that do NOT involve this BS.

  151. Why not just do the ultimate, and have all passengers strip down naked before boarding the aircraft and have them fly that way?

    Oh, I guess they will have to do a full cavity search first before boarding then?

  152. […] the past couple of days a couple of bloggers and news reporters have been served subpoenas because they published TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06. Both Steven Frischling and Chris Elliott were served subpoenas by the DHS to learn the identity of […]

  153. It never ceases to amaze me how people constantly miss the obvious answer to a solution for terrorism. All these posts and the focus is always on the effect of the problem, not it’s root cause. If you want to stop terrorism then stop being a terrorist. Stop screwing around with other peoples countries. Stop murdering innocent people by the millions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Yemen. Stop destabilizing legitimate governments and supporting coup’s in Iran, Honduras, Venezuela, Bolivia and so many others. The Nigerian kid himself clearly states that the reason for his attempt on 253 was US bombings and murder of innocent Yemeni’s. This is not rocket science, it’s just blowback.. We will NEVER truly be secure for one simple reason. We have to be lucky everyday and they have to be lucky just once. Sooner or later they must win no matter what we do. Stop
    hitting them and they will stop hitting us, it is that simple..

  154. […] two travel bloggers, Chris Elliott and Steven Frischling, each posted the TSA security directive issued following the botched attempt to blow up an airliner as it was landing Christmas Day in […]

  155. […] KLM Royal Dutch Airlines if he didn’t cooperate and provide the name of the person who leaked the memo outlining new security measures that would be apparent to the traveling public. ‘It literally showed up in my box,’ Frischling told The Associated Press. ‘I do […]

  156. TSA Screening 2012

    Please remove all of your clothing,
    and step into ze (er the) showers.

  157. […] travel bloggers, Steven Frischling and Chris Elliott received friendly visits from the Department of Homeland Security this week. Why? […]

  158. For people complaining about the full body imaging machines as an invasion of privacy, be grateful you aren’t flying out of Pakistan. Every person is physically hand searched and I was groped INSIDE of my pants by a police officer who felt a thick piece of denim near my zipper. I could only wish they had those machines there.

    Also I was on a 16 hour flight from Dubai to Atlanta less than 24 hours before the attempted bombing, and I was sick with a nasty virus to boot (no I didn’t go anywhere near the lavatory). If there was no entertainment system, I don’t know what I would do.

    I can understand shutting down the GPS systems to prevent a terrorist from knowing where to blow the jet over the Atlantic/Pacific to hide evidence of explosive residue etc., but what sense does it make to turn off entertainment systems, and other fun stuff????

    I do not mind being profiled and I do fit a certain profile. Use the body imaging machines, question people more who needs to be questioned and don’t strip search granny or a 5 year old kid, while a known terrorist from Nigeria is moments away from blowing up a jet in Detroit.

  159. First I agree with #25, Mark Levin. If you are THE MARK LEVIN; your are a great American. Profiling is a must. Screw the notion of embarrassing someone who might just have hidden explosives and the mindset to stare at follow passengers while pushing a button; BOOM.

  160. Is it included in the directive not to arrest someone for indecent exposure if he really has to pee and whips it out to go in the barf bag?

  161. […] It’s over finding out who leaked a Transportation Security Administration directive to Flying with Fish and Elliott. My two-word response would be […]

  162. Think West Bank and Gaza Checkpoints. The people running DHS now have lots of experience doing this in another part of the world. The East Coast will now be Gaza and the West Coast … well … the West Bank.

  163. Here’s what you do to solve this:

    On the way to the airport, stop at any sex shop. Buy the biggest dildo you can. Stick it in your trousers before getting in the security line. Wait for the scans, and the pat downs.

    When the pat down finds said object (and it will), loudly state that they can take their hands off your penis now. Ensure you are loud enough to be heard… Double points if you offer the TSA worker a tip.

    If they ask any questions about it after that, announce that you are unzipping your pants to show it to them. Take it out and make an obvious show of handing it to the person patting you down.

    If ten people a day… every day… did this, the TSA would have people resigning for PTSD.

  164. […] morning, when he was forced to hand over his laptop computer.” Frischling (who, like Elliott, posted the TSA security directive on Sunday) told A.P. “the agents threatened to interfere with his […]

  165. […] Let’s get the juicy part out of the way first. Here’s the full text of super-secret directive: […]

  166. […] On the 27th of December I received a copy of the TSA’s Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 and published it on Flying With […]

  167. In a town where it takes six months to get two politicians to come to an agreement on a luncheon menu for a birthday party are we really to believe that a huge agency put this strange concoction together and released it on the same day as the event that supposedly instigated it? Come on guys, think this through. Nothing about this makes sense. Hollywood couldn’t right a script this bad.

  168. Look who they’re coming after. The guy who posts some useful information on the web that poses no risk to the public but keeps us informed…

    Dont you think its time they draw some conclusions and do some RACIAL PROFILING to decide who is and who is not getting on the plane without a full strip search…and that includes cavity search for stuffed condoms etc…?

  169. @Debbie:

    You are right to be upset if your son was chosen because of anti-Jewish sentiment. But it easily could have been some white supremacist. Do you think we should expel all white supremacists and never let any of them in the US, too?

    While I absolutely, unequivocally do not excuse violence in the name of any faith, or violence against anyone at all unless it’s defensive, I’m Jewish too, and I have several Muslim friends and coworkers who are perfectly decent people. I wish you would try to let go of your prejudice. Be angry at the people who are actually doing evil, no matter what they say their faith is.

  170. […] a respected travel journalist, to name names. They wanted Frischling to tell them who had given him “TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06,” which Frischling and another blogger had posted online three days […]

  171. @CD: Racial profiling isn’t logical. This Nigerian guy is black – do we now strip search all black people? That will include black American Christians. Anyone who “looks Muslim”? That will catch Sephardic Jews, Hindus, Roma, and various Europeans who live on the Mediterranean, like Greeks and Southern French and Spanish people (because a lot of them are descended from Muslims of the Middle Ages). Racial profiling won’t catch domestic white terrorists like Timothy McVeigh. Al Qaeda is already recruiting whites.

    Look, the El Al Airlines has had a “profiling” system in place for years and it is to my understanding quite effective. It’s not just racial, it evaluates the entire package – luggage, national origin, destination, behavior, etc. No “puffers”, no virtual strip search of every person. These types of things have a checklist sort of procedure with ratings for evaluating whether someone is a potential risk. Have a random number generator between 1 and 10 and do a thorough personal and luggage search of the next Nth person. Don’t leave it up to people’s gut instinct because those prejudices aren’t rational and they can be exploited.

    Finally, these security measures don’t make us more secure. People just find ways around this stuff, like with bribes, infiltration, etc. If a suicide bomber can find a way into a protected MILITARY fort in Afghanistan and blow himself up in a gym full of CIA agents, what the hell makes you think the TSA can make a public airport safe?

    It’s ridiculous. This is getting to be more like the old Soviet Union all the time. If this keeps up we’ll have to have papers to cross state lines on any form of transportation at all. People have to put their collective foot down. I urge all of you to write a paper letter to your representatives and senators and follow up with an angry phone call.

  172. […] — and subpoenas — from the Transportation Security Administration after publishing a security directive that was emailed to them anonymously. The source used a Gmail account. So did Google get […]

  173. When a terrorist strikes, the US government needs to institute an eye-for-an-eye law. If a foreign citizen attacks any allied country in a ‘terroristic manner,’ we should launch a fucking cruise missile into that countries capital city. Maybe than, countries will start to frown on attacks towards ‘infidels.’

    Seriously, think about it…If Muhammad Da-goonka-doonk told his buddies of his terrorist plans, and those buddies knew his actions would cost a cruise missile hitting their capital city, wouldn’t his buddies turn him in? Would you turn in Timothy Mcveigh (the OK city bomber) if he was your best friend? Obviously, cause we’re Americans, and we don’t stand for such bullshit. But, you have to understand that Mcveigh’s best friend was probably just as fucked up as Mcveigh was, he might not have turned him in. But, what if Mcveigh’s best friend new that if he let Mcveigh go on with the OK city attack that his hometown would be hit with a cruise missile.

    Went off on a tangent there, but honestly, spending billions to stop terrorism is a waste of US money, just like the 30,000 dollars the government spent surveying inmates trying to answer a simple question…Why do inmates want to escape? Give me 10 bucks and I’ll tell you why prisoners want to escape. Just an example of what morons we have running our COUNTRY!

    They want us to get all upset and scared and fearful for our safety. They want us to follow along with their orders and follow them whever the hell they (TSA) goes with this Security Directive after wednesday. I know I’m not going to follow them, I wouldn’t even go grocery shopping with half of the TSA individuals.

  174. […] before he could take further action. In response, the TSA has enacted burdensome new rules (more here) that would not have prevented the attack to begin with had they already been in effect. Some of […]

  175. Stupid is as stupid does…….thanks Obama! As we can now see all the regulations in the world cannot stop a foolish indvidual in a explosive diaper w/o even a passport. Go figure. He’s happens to be black and from Yemen so we can’t profile him or were racist. Rome fell ,and so shall we ,if we keep this PC, BS up ,to make sheeple feel good. Socialism next stop.

  176. Fuck the TSA. Fuck DHS. Fuck their FBi bullshit, cover up fake ass x-mas day bombing attempt.

  177. […] who also blogs for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, received a copy of the directive anonymously and published it on his personal blog, Flying with Fish, on Sunday. On Tuesday armed TSA agents arrived at his house with an administrative subpoena and […]

  178. Temporary Stupid Activity

    Poor little Amis. They soon will start to use butt pokers.

    Ami stay home in your homeland concentration camp!

  179. […] Ashley Just days ago, in the aftermath of the Delta terrorist attempt, Christopher Elliott and Steven Frischling posted the full text of the TSA’s security directive. Now both men have been visited by […]

  180. I agree that TSA is stepping over the line, but posting sensitive material also causes problems.

    This is pretty much the same as if I somehow got your credit card information, along with your SSN and ID information and I just went ahead and post it online for everyone to see. Sure, I just verified that your bank has some kind of security problem (leaking), but does that benefit you in any way? No. The way this should of been handled is that both bloggers that got a subpoena, should have gone to the authorities and make sure that the issue is resolved BEFORE posting anything related to the matter.

    Lives are at risk here, this is not about who posted valuable information first.

    Some of the points in the directive are stupid though:

    – Removing blankets? I understand why they are doing it but it’s really not going to fix anything. This is so a “terrorist” can’t arm a device under the blanket when closing in to the destination, but then they can arm it before then and just do whatever they need to do before even close to landing. So this measure is totally useless.

    – Disabling communication devices during the whole flight time. Totally understandable as this could be used to track the plan position and do whatever the terrorists are planning to do. I still think that location is not that important and all they (terrorists) want to do is get fear in everyone’s mind.

    – Location and landmark comments by flight crew. Same as last point.

    Anyhow, I don’t think any of these are effective and I wonder in what meeting was this discussed, since it was obviously not well thought out.

  181. “precautions” aside, it was clearly stated that the directive was NOT to be disiminated outside the TSA. So why did the blogger publish it? It was asking for trouble. There are regulations for everything. If you don’t like them, don’t fly. Flying is a privilege, not a right.

  182. Seriously…

    I am of the opinion that our government has no desire to make us safe. This guy’s own father reported him as a threat. And they did not pursue, nor even put him on the no-fly list. They ignore blatant threats in the name of not wanting to profile.

    Meanwhile, our government releases memo after memo declaring how much of a threat my Ron Paul bumper sticker is. Along with people who are pro-life, veterans, etc.

    No our government is not at all scared of islamic fascists. Instead it is terrified of it’s own people.


    The only thing the government’s policies ensure is to bankrupt the airlines so that our government can nationalize them.

  183. […] Flying With Fish

  184. […] Flying With Fish

  185. I’ve not seen it mentioned much that this whole uproar started because the government refused to pay attention to several warnings that the would-be terrorist was a known threat. Despite all of that he was still allowed to board an aircraft bound for the United States and obviously was not effectively screened before boarding.
    So, because our government agencies have bungled it once again (sorry, but if they had been doing their jobs correctly the whole 9/11 incident most likely would never have happened, IMO) everyone who wishes to or needs to fly has just been stripped of even more of their rights and personal freedoms, now even including being able to use the bathroom when necessary. I hope they’re going to be providing those portable urinals like the hospitals use on the aircraft, because if I have to pee, I intend to do so. If it’s in the washroom fine, if not then its gonna be wherever I can.

  186. […] its subpoena and is no longer actively investigating how I came to be in the possession of Security Directive SD-1544-09-06, I am now clearly on their radar screen. While I may not see any legal complications in the future, […]

  187. I just hope one of these rule makers takes a flight and has a immediate need to use the washroom 59 minutes prior to landing and an airline person says , sit down
    How come the book that was run through a scanner and in a second search was manually looked at by a human becomes an issue at 60 minutes prior to landing while at 61 minutes it was fine to sit on my lap.
    If they had done their job in the first place like paying $2,000 + in cash, one way ticket, no questions at checkin, no lugguge , sounds like basic red flag stuff to me.

    And since when do Airline staff have the experience in pat down searches in the first place nor the staff at gates to handle each person for 2 – 5 minutes.
    I can agree with tough security but wanting to control our lives and every moment. No way
    The publice will soon revolt

  188. Ever notice how the media pays deference to Islam and always calls their founder as the ‘Prophet Mohammad.’ Ever notice that our media respects Islam, abides by their wishes (ie not depict Mohammad) and does not criticize its policies of convert or die? At the same time our media treats Christians, Jews, and Americans in general like crap?

    How do I get out of Bizarro world and back to the universe where the US was strong and Americans did not accept this behavior?

  189. We’re being set up once again. A clumsy Muslim Terrorist, a Dutch Jewish Hero Savior. It really is getting boring. It’s all about control, scare tactics and Muslim scapegoats. Is it just me? What’s next? Some Dancing Israelis with Turbans shooting missiles at our planes? It’s soooooooooooooo transparent, come on.

    We’re being set up once again. A clumsy Muslim Terrorist, a Dutch Jewish Hero Savior. It really is getting boring. It’s all about control, scare tactics and Muslim scapegoats. Is it just me? What’s next? Some Dancing Israelis with Turbans shooting missiles at our planes? It’s soooooooooooooo transparent, come on.

    We’re being set up once again. A clumsy Muslim Terrorist, a Dutch Jewish Hero Savior. It really is getting boring. It’s all about control, scare tactics and Muslim scapegoats. Is it just me? What’s next? Some Dancing Israelis with Turbans shooting missiles at our planes? It’s soooooooooooooo transparent, come on.

  190. To Fred54 who said :”Stop
    hitting them and they will stop hitting us, it is that simple..”

    Wonderful sentiment, false…but nice. It’s simply human nature, I’m sorry to say. Happens every day in every schoolyard in the world, the bully attacks apparent weakness. I’m sorry to say that the only solution to the bully is standing up for one’s self.

    Now the murdering millions comment, it never helps the case to lie or exagerate. Stop, it only makes you look the fool.

    I’m an American, we are the good guys and will help all the other good guys in the world from any nationality. It’s the good guy’s nature and it is the right thing to do.

    Pacifism is great, I applaud pacifist. I’m proud of you and will stand up for you every day, even if you won’t.
    We should stop meddling, and wait for the next hit, it is the right thing to do. Then we should hit back hard. Rinse and repeat. Take our hits, yes even if it costs us a million innocent lives, mine included, because that is what the good guy does.
    Nobody ever said being the good guy was an easy or cheap job.

  191. […] of new airline procedures. The directive did not stay secret for long, and was published by Steven Frischling and Christopher Elliot. Both claimed to have received the directive from an anonymous source, which […]

  192. Thanks, Obama!

  193. Perhaps we could get terrorist (the ones attacking U.S.) to blog about their activities before hand then if he had been close enough for the suburbans we would have stopped him from burning his dick off.

  194. Even with no screening whatsoever, you are still more likely to die in a car accident than terrorist attack. So screw the screening, give the flight crew a gun and if some towel head tries to light a bomb, shoot him in the face.

  195. […] The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident. You can read the security guide in full at BordingArea. […]

  196. […] Frischling und Christopher Elliott hatten in ihren Blogs über die neuen Sicherheitsvorschrift "SD-1544-09-06", die Anschläge wie den versuchten in Detroit verhindern sollen, berichtet. Die ganze Geschichte bei […]

  197. I believe this will help. Everyone that gets on a plane over 21 gets a gun with one bullet. I know there are people out there that think, oh boy another gun nut,but here me out. The goal here is to make flying safer and to rid the sky of these nut cases that try to kill in the name of what ever. As you board the plane you will be issued a weapon containing one bullet to use in case of an attack. Why not a tazer or some other form of weapon? The goal is to remove from ever doing this again not to start long drawn out legal battles as to are they or was he or did they,no questions as to the outcome try something bad on any flight and the out come will be death. I am most certain that if just one person on any of the 9/11 flights had a weapon none of these flights would have hit their targets. Hard to argue with any credibility the truth in this. When at war fight to win or lose with all the intended consequences!

  198. […] and Elliot confidentially received the TSA Security Directive and published it on their blogs, here and […]

  199. […] Elliott, who also writes for the National Geographic and the Washington Post to reveal who leaked TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06. The security directive explains the travel security enhancements implemented after the failed […]

  200. I have one question, “why do they hate us?”
    Why do people hate Jews?

  201. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  202. […] morning two black sedans with TSA special agents came to the Connecticut home of blogger Steven Frischling and walked out with his laptop computer. They promised to return it, but later claimed that there […]

  203. Anyone care to comment on what assumptions are behind these directives? For example, what is so critical about the one hour prior to arrival? Would not a telephone with a GPS built in let a terrorist know exactly where is at any given time? They are clearly trying to deter any information getting from outside the plane to inside the plane, hence the “live television” blackouts and the prohibition on in-flight phone calls, etc. Do they envision some coordinated attack scenario that would be helped by a terrorist calling someone on the ground? Why are heads of state exempted? If these directives are going to protect people, shouldn’t heads of state and those with them be protected, perhaps even more so as they are bigger potential targets?

  204. I was just re-reading all of the comments and it got me to thinking. With all the delays and searches, etc. would it not be easier to have a system where you put all of your clothing and belongings into checked baggage and simply walk through in a gown? That’s where all of this seems headed anyway, why not save a large portion of the TSA budget and implement that system right now?

  205. Stupidity rules (as usually). Nothing new.

  206. […] I don’t think I will be flying again unless I absolutely have to. There’s more here. It’s a very difficult thing for government bureaucrats to accept, but you can’t defend against this level of threat. If someone wants to bring down a plane, over a long enough period of time, they are going to succeed, and there’s little in the way of security measures that will work that don’t involve profiling, interviews, and various other highly intrusive security measures that the Israelis use. […]

  207. […] mean REALLY stupid people lighting off the equivalent of a model rocket engine in their pants. The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration have release some new rules and guidelines for […]

  208. […] is that leaked TSA security directive spelled out for us below U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security […]

  209. So, won’t the terrorist just blow it up 61 minutes from landing? All we have achieved is to provide a perfect window for the terrorists to act during the commotion of people going to the lavatory, putting away their belongings, etc. As a frequent flyer, I recognize that the actions of TSA have been knee-jerk and ineffective in actually preventing an attack. They only serve to escalate inconvenience to travelers (the terrorists really scored on that account) and allay the fears of the uninitiated.

  210. […] a bomb in a shoe we all had to take our shoes off[1]. Now someone hid something in his undies we can’t keep stuff in our laps for the last hour of the flight[2]. Bruce Schneier sums this up perfectly. Often, this […]

  211. […] Throughout the past week there have been many questions regarding the Transportation Security Administration servicing Chris Elliot and myself a subpoena in regard to the publishing of Security Directive SD-1544-09-06. […]

  212. […] I’ll go on O’Reilly tonight to talk about the ridiculous new flight rules from the TSA . […]

  213. That laptop of yours has been jobbed. If you take it to an Apple Store, you’ll most likely find that the original hard drive is missing.

  214. Jill ,

    I am not sure that is a relevant question in this debate.

    Happy Flying!


  215. Montana

    “it was clearly stated that the directive was NOT to be disiminated outside the TSA. ” In fact he directive was sent to thousands of people outside the TSA, in cities and nations high up on the DHS threat list.

    Happy Flying!


  216. Passenger should be recommended to wee in the cabin so that airlines are left with huge bills to clean the planes.

    Also they should have same policy for those lunatics politicians who bring out laws that does not affect them but affects general public.

  217. […] know about it was probably some combination of fax, e-mail and hand delivery. The complete text is here in an entry by Steven Frischling on his blog Flying with […]

  218. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  219. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  220. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  221. The Governmental exclusion says it all; it would be ludicrous to assume the young son of a High-ranking Yemeni government official would martyr hims… oh, never mind.
    Please keep frisking 75-year old grandmothers flying into the USA, and focus on the upper thighs and torso. Granny will fly to see me more often.

  222. […] Gizmodo has posted the full text of a leaked TSA security directive, courtesy of the Boarding Area blog, that makes firm the ban on in-flight Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, and access to any and all […]

  223. […] Television to complete this task – and yet our government decides that these items need to be removed from flight for one hour before landing.  Does this just strike anyone else as entirely […]

  224. Passengers who spot something strange or dangerous, should not be cut off from phone service. In the past- this is one of the FEW ways we have received information about T. activities on flight. In addition, families are able to talk to loved ones!!

    Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight

  225. Recommend that all military and ex-military personnel (i.e., those who are most likely expert marksmen), at a minimum, carry guns on board. Use a round that will stop somebody while minimizing any collateral damage. Then NOBODY will hijack ANYTHING and we can all fly comfortably and confidently. I only use the airlines as a last resort nowadays. I have taken several long cross-country road trips in my cars, preferring it to airline travel. Why do we always blindly respond to criminal activity by revoking the rights of law-abiding people? This is the way some people treat their children.

  226. […] the original post here: Flying With Fish » TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 : The … Aviation […]

  227. Especially ex-military who suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome so they can shoot their guns off every time they imagine the enemy is closing in. That’s all we need is people shooting guns off in an airplane. Now I know why I stopped flying.

  228. […] I feel so much more secure now. [Boarding Area via Runway […]

  229. Especially ex-military who suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome so they can shoot their guns off every time they imagine the enemy is closing in. That’s all we need is people shooting guns off in an air

  230. […] Flying with Fish posted the new TSA guidelines on their blog. The information was received from an anonymous email. Below is that post. New TSA Directive […]

  231. there are so much good information we can learn

  232. So this “Security Directive” is NOT regulation then? If not, there is no APA approval for the process… Seems to me this is a “policy” rather than a “regulation.” Is there a regulation that lets the TSA make the Directive have regulation-like authority?

    I also like this section:

    2. During the boarding process, the air carrier may exempt passengers who are Heads of State or Heads of Government from the measures outlined in Section I.A. of this SD, including the following who are traveling with the Head of State or Head of Government:

    Just like our government to make it so they aren’t “bothered” like the rest of the cattle. Just like the Civil Rights Act and so many other laws that do not apply to those in Congress or in other parts of the Federal Service. 😉

  233. […] entire text of which was posted by FlyingFish on his web-site Flying with Fish here. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security […]

  234. […] December I published a TSA Security Directive in its entirety, this made national headlines when the TSA sent two Special Agents to my house (three times in two […]

  235. […] for me began with the fallout from publishing an Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security directive that was classified as “SSI” at the end of December 2009, a blog post that garnered significant national and international media coverage. January 1 2010 […]

  236. […] the primary role the TSA is tasked with. Some cases Pistole lead include the attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253 in December 2009; a foiled plot to attack the New York Subway system in 2009; the foiled liquid […]

  237. This Article is so informative ,because US DHS inform a TSA security lacking in this article.

  238. In this Article ,it shows a role of TSA on USA DHA.

  239. A covey of fogeys are writing on the identical place owing to this one, however unconditional is accomplished in a particular passage here. aliment corporal up.

  240. […] just read the new regulations, and I’m not hurting for action enough that having someone pat my upper thighs and lower […]

  241. This is the precise TSA Security Directive SD-1544-09-06 : The Fallout From NW253 – Flying With Fish journal for anyone who wants to assay out out some this subject. You note so untold its most exhausting to discourse with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new aerobatics on a subject thats been engrossed almost for life. City bunk, but zealous!

  242. […] changes to the commercial airline system. It looks like TSA listened, but not before issuing Security Directive SD-1544-09-06, outlining measures airlines needed to take to allegedly make flights more secure. But we all know […]

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