January 01, 2003
And They Say the FAA Has No Sense of Humor

And they say the FAA has no sense of humor:

The following items must not be used on this aircraft:

  • Portable radios
  • Portable televisions
  • Cellular telephones
  • Remote radio-controlled toy cars
Posted by DeLong at January 01, 2003 03:39 PM | Trackback

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The mentioning of cars means someone actually was using one on a plane. Poor flight attendents who had to put up with one of those scurring around the floor of the plane.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth on January 1, 2003 04:28 PM

May it please the FAA, but I have seen said remote-controlled cars in use on a plane. Happened on a flight from Seattle to San Diego. And the kicker: it was an adult (in calendar years) driving the thing down the aisle.

P.

Posted by: Paul on January 1, 2003 05:12 PM

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>>I have seen said remote-controlled cars in use on a plane. Happened on a flight from Seattle to San Diego...<<

Proving that my sense of reality is too restricted...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on January 1, 2003 07:08 PM

Brad, you need to get out more. Or fly coach. I fly much much less than you do and I have seen not only radio controlled cars but,skateboards, frisbees (thrown & caught), and nerf ball tournaments. But then, I live in Seattle, so half of the flights I am on are flying FROM Seattle.

Posted by: RP Johnson on January 2, 2003 02:06 PM

If the FAA has no sense of humor, the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) has an unappreciated sense of humor, but absolutely no sense of perspective:

1) Flying out of Raleigh-Durham at 5:20 AM on Saturday, December 21st, one of the TSA agents made at the huuuuuge line for the metal detectors made a big point of loudly proclaiming, "Good morning!" He continued this until he received a sufficiently loud "Good morning!" in reply from the crowd. I guess most of us standing in a huuuugge line at 5:20 AM on Saturday December 21st simply didn't have his "chipper" attitude. (To show how little sense of humor *I* have, I thought his attitude was actually a bit annoying...since I heard the "Good morning!" routine about 4 times before I even got to the metal detectors.)

2) Then I got "beeped" at the metal detector. They took me aside, and gave me a very thorough "wanding." (The guy kept saying, "That's good."...which I took to mean that the search was over, and put my arms down. But he was just commenting on one particular part of the search.)

There was a "wanding" problem with my shoes. I had on jogging shoes, with velcro tightening. (I don't like shoe laces.) There were two metal grommets for the velcro straps. The wand "beeped" each time it went over the metal grommets. The guy told me to take off my shoes, then he put them in a container to go through the X-ray machine.(!)

It seems to me that a reasonable person could tell that, if a wand beeps each time it passes over grommets, but is otherwise silent, that the grommets are probably the only metal in the jogging shoes. Couldn't a reasonable person feel around in the shoes to establish there was no bomb in the shoes? (After all, the jogging shoes were basically no more substantial than slippers.)

But, I do have a sense of perspective. At least I'm a (young) middle-aged man, flying alone. The middle-aged/elderly women, travelling with kids/grandkids...that's who I *really* don't understand being extraordinarily searched. (How many terrorists have ever been women traveling with their kids/grandkids?)

Posted by: Mark Bahner on January 2, 2003 04:49 PM
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