It's time to end TSA-sponsored terrorism in the air and on American soil!

In nearly three years on Twitter, rarely have I seen such widespread, rapid and uniform response to anything having to do with politics, security or terrorism. The complaints and jokes came on rapid fire this afternoon, filling my screen with everything TSA and terrorism. It was a slow Twitter day, but perhaps 10% of the tweets I saw over a few hours were on a single topic — that’s unprecedented.

After a failed terrorist attempt yesterday, the TSA has responded with the next escalation after their previous high-water mark of stupidity (no pun intended), the no-liquids rule. Now: no more electronics in flight, nothing in your lap, only one carry on, and no movement in the last hour of flight. Many of those I follow on Twitter are frequent travelers, most are highly intelligent. All who’ve commented seem pissed (and not just that they won’t be able to pee).

They know the real impact of what security expert Bruce Schneier calls Security Theater (if you don’t like that link to his blog, try this one to 60 Minutes, even if they haven’t read his latest reaction.

My first reaction was When I stop flying, it doesn’t mean the terrorists have won, it means the TSA has!

As it sank in fully and I realized fully how absurd the new rules are, I wondered if we might all protest with our bodily functions. What are the TSA regulations on peeing into a ziplock bag from your seat?

Robert Scoble had one of the mildest reactions. As a 100,000 annual mile flier on United, he’s looking to cut back his travel and fly less as a result of the new rules. Though he did retweet several people to let them say things in more pointed terms, by linking to an XKCD comic and boiling it down to “the dumbest load of crap I have ever seen.”

TechCrunch had two great reactions: MG Siegler’s thinking that perhaps the TSA is attempting to save print media and Paul Carr’s NSFW: The Physical Impossibility of the The Future in the Mind of Someone Trapped In Chicago.

Here are messages I retweeted, along with a few reactions to my comments on Facebook. Please add your thoughts to the comments in this blog post, but more importantly:

Please let your elected representatives know that it’s time to end TSA-sponsored terrorism in the air and on American soil!

<br />  wilshipley<br /> When laptops are outlawed, only outlaws will reach into their pants and light bombs. #tsalogic</p> <p> kevinmarks<br /> If airlines were worried about flammables on planes they'd ban duty free and books, not iPods and bathrooms.</p> <p> parislemon<br /> Given everything you can't do in the final hour of a flight now, I'd love to see the airlines implement a new 'skydiving to land' option.</p> <p> Pogue<br /> Also... how is making us stay in our seats the last hour going to stop the terrorists from lighting the bomb stuff taped to their legs!?</p> <p> marcedavis<br /> RT 'Great American Pee-In' @judithd: a mass pee-in during that last hr would convey the msg. @JPBarlow: TSA imposes idiotic new rules.</p> <p> superamit<br /> JFK → Amman → Dubai. So everyone has to be naked 1hr before landing? Awesome.</p> <p> @Scobleizer  But @JosephRooks all these flight rules will get people like me to fly even less. I'm looking at all my plans for 2010 and cutting back.</p> <p> zephoria<br /> I'm wondering how many trips I can cancel this spring. The new TSA rules make me want to vomit. Why must travel be such hell?!??</p> <p> jdfalk<br /> Great. Now they’re making us remove our pants when we go through airport security. Thanks, terrorists! (sez @alyankovic)


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