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Stupid travel restrictions.

December 30, 2009

Great.  The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has decided that we can’t take any carry-on luggage on flights to the US.  None.

Carry-on bag means items to which a passenger has access to during a flight, but does NOT include personal items such as small purses, cameras, coats, items for care of infants, laptop computers, diplomatic or consular bags, crutches, canes, walkers, containers carrying life sustaining items, medication or medical devices, musical instruments, or any special needs items.

How in the hell am I supposed to travel with two children and NO CARRY-ON LUGGAGE?  What if we’re stuck on the tarmac which has been known to happen?  We need water and food.  We need entertainment.  We need distraction.

This isn’t even coming from the airlines.  Air Canada says that they will allow one carry-on item but then they link to Transport Canada which gives the same limited list as above.  Northwest is still allowing carry on luggage except on the Canada to US flights because of CATSA rules.

The US Transportation Security Administration hasn’t implemented any carry on limits.  Why has Canada?  So frustrating!  All baggage is x-rayed anyway so why can’t we still have carry-on bags?

The US TSA is warning that “during flight, passengers may be asked to follow flight crew instructions, such as stowing personal items, turning off electronic equipment and remaining seated during certain portions of the flight.”  Splendid.  This must be the “sit in your seat and do nothing for an hour” security precaution.  As if terrorists have specific time schedules.

How can I keep two children settled for an hour (or more) without any type of entertainment?  I can’t, that’s how.  And don’t even get me started on not having bathroom access for half of the flight!

I want to be safe when I fly and I understand the need for security screening but drastically limiting carry-ons and making us all sit quietly for an hour will not make us safer.  It will just make us fly less.

Thanks for nothing.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. crazybengal permalink*
    December 30, 2009 4:18 pm

    someday they will make you check your rectum too.

  2. crazybengal permalink*
    December 30, 2009 4:21 pm

    I wonder if they will have to place rectums in the live cargo area…or if it should go with the rest of the luggage. Cold is probably better than warm. And if any of the pets escaped from their crates…well. I don’t even want to go there.

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