After the Christmas day terrorist attack on a Northwest/Delta flight to Detroit, you can be sure the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA will come up with a new set of rules, restrictions, and expensive equipment to insure a similar attempt is thwarted.
The lines will get longer at airports, we will have to arrive earlier, and submit to ever more intrusive inspections and screenings. We will be allowed to carry few items on planes with us, and our movements inside the airports and on planes will be more limited. In short, flying will become more of a pain than ever before.
Like generals fighting the last war, TSA will impose new rules aimed at the last attack. Meanwhile the terrorists are plotting new ways to take down planes that are not being addressed.
A simple solution to this trend would be to require all government officials to fly commercial only. If Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the gang at Homeland Security had to endure what the average traveller does, you can be sure things would be different.
My prediction is that security would improve while the lines get shorter. And if I am wrong, then at least we will have the satisfaction of knowing that the perpetrators of this farce will be suffering equally. No more “do as I say, not as I do.” No more tax payer funded government jets. No more special Air Force planes or lobbyist paid private flights.