“Africa has never become quantifiable or entirely knowable,” said Rick Carter, the production designer who helped to conceive the Edenic universe of “Avatar” with its obviously African elements. “It still suggests romance, and a sense of the abundance of life. Threatening or benign, it has something to teach us.”—VOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMIT (via switchblades)
New TSA regs for all international flights entering the USA, via Air Canada:
Only one carry-on bag per person. PERIOD. Computer? Clothing? Books? All in one small bag, son.
No leaving your seat in the last hour of your flight. Passengers cannot get up to stretch their legs, go to the restroom or to assist children/elderly/the disabled in the last hour of flying.
Passengers may not carry anything in their hands or in their laps in the last hour of flights. Passengers reading books, listening to an ipod, using a laptop or doing any other activity in the last hour of flight will face criminal action if they don’t cease and desist. That’s not a joke.
What do you think?
I think this is a lot of hassle that will not, in any way, lessen the threat of terrorism on a flight, and in no way addresses the incident that happened in this past week. You don’t need two carry-ons to strap a plastic bottle of explosives to your leg (that no metal detector will detect because it’s not metal) or to carry a syringe. Even if you can’t hold something in your lap for the last hour of the flight, that still gives you pretty much the entire rest of the flight to blow something up.
Seriously? The most useless, pointless, ineffective—but still super obnoxious—rules ever.
I am probably the most stress-free person you’ll ever meet when it comes to traveling. Long lines and hassles are just part of the territory and I can’t do much about it, so there’s little reason to get upset about things. But as someone who takes a fair number of flights a year and hopefully will be taking many, many more in the years to come, I have only one thing to say to this:
FUCK. EVERYONE. AND. EVERYTHING. FOREVER.
THIS SOLVES NOTHING. THE ONLY WAY THIS MAKES ME SAFER IS REDUCING MY RISK OF IN-FLIGHT PAPER CUTS AND CARPAL TUNNEL FOR THE LAST HOUR OF THE FLIGHT. IT MIGHT ACTUALLY INCREASE THE PROBABILITY PEOPLE WILL GET SO PISSED OFF AT SCREAMING BABIES AND BOREDOM THAT WILL WANT TO KILL OTHERS.
I know it’s only an hour and I’m overreacting, but seriously, FUCK EVERYONE FOREVER.
Exactly. This is change I think we can all be pissed off about.
Fine. So when I travel for business, I guess I’ll leave my laptop behind, because I’m certainly not going anywhere without my handbag, and I’ve had a checked laptop stolen right out of its case.