Air Transport World

'People do not want to travel'.(Editorial)(analysis of new travel restrictions)(Editorial)

Ever since some caveman had the idea to tie his meager belongings into an animal-skin sack before a trip to the in-laws, the desire to secure one's travel possessions prior to a journey has been embedded deep within the generic code of humankind. That is, until 2003, when the US Transportation Security Administration set out to remove it. Upon its assumption of screening responsibility for all checked airplane baggage, TSA began telling passengers to leave their suitcases unlocked in order to facilitate searches if something suspicious showed up on the new bomb-o-meters appearing at airports across the US. Such luggage inspections, it turns out, also occur at random to satisfy a pre-determined quota, just as innocent passengers routinely are pulled out of line for extra scrutiny. …

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