For right now, this looks like the rantings of a mentally unwell passenger. Here's hoping that's all it ends up being.
Because international air travel is always such a breeze and needed to be more of a terrifying, white-knuckled pain in the rear, a passenger on a flight from Hong Kong due to land at Newark International Airport later this afternoon has reportedly told the flight crew that he has "poisoned everyone on board."
In response to the TSA confiscating a "cupcake in a jar," the Silver Spoon Bakery
in Rhode Island decided that they could make the world a better, sweeter place with their TSA compliant cupcake.
In addition to looking delicious, the cupcake is guaranteed (by the bakery, not the government) to pass swiftly through security checkpoints. Its secret? It contains exactly three ounces of icing, which the TSA classifies as a gel, and it comes in its own clear baggy.
Due to my unending paranoia about air travel, I empty my pockets into my carry on bag well in advance of the security checkpoint. However, it seems that most U.S. travelers are less concerned about their pocket change
, as the Transportation Security Administration
routinely rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars in loose change every year. The number for 2010 is truly staggering: $409,085.56.
Singapore played host to a mockup of what airlines are calling the Checkpoint of the Future
, which could soon be replacing security checkpoints around the world. The mockup was presented by the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
, whose members number around 230 and account for some 90% of international air travel. It's hoped that these fast and high tech scanners will get travelers to their planes faster without having to deal with personally invasive security procedures.
In this future model, travelers are directed toward one of three 20-foot long corridors: A normal scan, an enhanced scan, or a "known traveler" lane. Which corridor passengers go toward is based on background checks carried out by the traveler's government. "Known travelers" would likely have to pay a fee and submit to more thorough background checks, but have a lower-security screening. This information will be stored on chips embedded in travelers' passports, and their identity will be confirmed using retinal scanners.
Once at the correct lane, travelers begin their security check. But in the IATA's vision, it's far different from what we know today.