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How This Week's Attempted Terrorist Act Affects Our Air Travel

Things won't change on flights within the US, like on this Southwest plane, but there are changes in place already for International flights. (Photo by Anthony Citrano via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Increased security measures were put into place shortly after a Nigerian man flying into Detroit from Amsterdam attempted to set off explosives under the guise of a terrorist act earlier this week, according to the LA Times. While air travel within the US remains unchanged for passengers, those traveling into the US from international airports are already facing new procedures and restrictions.

These new measures include "frisking all passengers headed to the U.S., performing additional searches" and "passengers must remain in their seats during the last hour of flight and cannot have access to their carry-on items or place any personal belongings in their laps."

Passengers flying into the US this weekend affirmed these changes in procedure, noting "that in the last hour before landing, passengers were not allowed to have anything on their laps, use any electronic device or leave their seats, even to use the lavatories." That's right folks--you can't pee, listen to your iPod, or put your book in your lap for the last hour of the flight. Travelers will find the search procedures different from airport to airport to ensure the methods are "unpredictable."