First they came for your laptops, and no one spoke out and now they’re coming for the printed word as the TSA considers banning books and all printed materials from carry on luggage on flights. This would mean travellers would be forced to hand over their paperbacks at the start of each journey.
The laptop rule has been in a while now, forcing travellers to put their laptops into bins as they go through security, to be picked up at the other end. Now as an extra security measure, the TSA is trialling the removal of all paper literature, including books in the same way.
However, so far the trial isn’t going to plan and testing at Kansas City Airport had to be halted after a few days. Undeterred, the TSA is continuing trials. The American Civil Liberties Union has spoken out stating that there is ‘a long history of legal protection for privacy of one’s reading material in the United States’ and are urging the TSA to be trained in regard to privacy concerns should this go ahead.
Privacy concerns aside, having a book to read is about the only thing that makes long flights tolerable, and personally I couldn’t imagine travelling without them!
How do you feel about this, addicts? Do you think it’s justified, or a step too far? And what exactly will you be doing during your long flight this summer, if you’re not whiling it away with a chunky paperback.
Edit: While the news was reported yesterday as it was released in good faith it seems our headline is a little misleading. This wasn’t deliberate and did just follow the major news outlets at the time. While there are still privacy concerns regarding this rule, books are returned for the flight once checked through in the airport.
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