TSA Backs Off Some New In-Flight Restrictions

Go ahead—throw a blanket over your lap and watch some TV

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2009 5:09 PM CST

(Newser) – Two days after implementing stiff restrictions on carry-on items and in-flight entertainment, the TSA relaxed the new rules today, airline sources tell MSNBC. Passengers will be allowed to have blankets on their laps and leave their seats during the final hour of a flight, use electronic devices, and watch TV on flights that offer it.

The clamp-down had drawn widespread criticism even as passengers submitted to the amped-up rules and tough new screening procedures that delayed many flights. "TSA has a long history with the flying public of little communication, scant explanation and seemingly mind-boggling rules," cautioned Scott McCartney, who blogs about business travel for the Wall Street Journal. "The same mistakes are repeating."

The JetBlue Airways EMBRAER E190 airplane cabin brags the best legroom in coach and no middle seats, with each row consisting of 4 passengers, split into twos by the aisle.
The JetBlue Airways EMBRAER E190 airplane cabin brags the best legroom in coach and no middle seats, with each row consisting of 4 passengers, split into twos by the aisle.   (AP Photo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Andy Rogers)
Stranded passengers aboard JetBlue Flight 751 to Cancun walk around the cabin while waiting to take off at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Feb. 14, 2007.
Stranded passengers aboard JetBlue Flight 751 to Cancun walk around the cabin while waiting to take off at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Feb. 14, 2007.   (AP Photo/Lou Martins, File)
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