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.
Born David Clive King in Richmond, Surrey on 24th April 1924, King grew up in Ash in Kent and was educated at the King’s School, Rochester before eventually graduating with a BA in English. From 1943 to 1946 King served as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, which took him to many places around the world including Japan where he saw the then recent devastation of Hiroshima.
Censorship is a topic we do not shy away from here at For Reading Addicts, and everyone in our community has an opinion on it. It has been quite a black and white issue for most readers- either they want all books to be published and none to be banned- or they feel it is fine to ban some topics (depending on their own political/moral leanings).
Either way it causes some discussion among book clubs and literary groups alike.
One such group is Family Rhetoric on Facebook, run by Amber Leventry- an LGBTQ advocate- who was disturbed by a title while looking for children’s books on Amazon. Amber discovered a children’s book that horrified her so much that it had to be shared with her followers on Facebook, and drove them to report the title en-masse in hopes of banning it from the major book distributer.
Ever the supporter of new artists and ambitious, young people, Stormzy has teamed up with Penguin Random House to create his own imprint #Merky Books. This will be added to his other projects: his record label, #Merky Records, and his own music festival in Ibiza, #Merky Festival.
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