My Turn, Your Turn: Air-travel safety

By Gary McNair - bio|email

If you are a frequent flyer, your life is changing - again – and all because of that attempted terrorist attack on an Amsterdam to Detroit flight on Christmas Day.

This week new flight restrictions are being put in place.  You can count on longer lines at the airport - we'll all experience that, but it gets worse for those on international flights.

Bathroom privileges may be limited.  Laptops may be banned, and the flight attendants may no longer allow you to use blankets.

With all these changes, you can be certain, that wasn't just an "attempted" terrorist attack.  It was, in fact, successful.  It didn't kill a single person, but in its wake it created fear and turmoil.  And it caused us to give up even more freedoms.

None of these new restrictions are going to make us safer.  As long as someone on a watch-list can walk past a security checkpoint with explosives in his underwear, nothing else matters.

I want air travel to be safe.  But the best way to do that is not more restrictions.  How about keeping an eye on those people who have no business coming to this country in the first place?

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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