It feel like its 9/11 all over again…only this time we did not learn our lesson. Alaska Airlines has added a number of reasonable new restrictions to its Washington, DC flights along with one rule I find patently absurd.
Alaska Airlines Bolsters “Security” On Washington, DC Flights
We saw sedition on full display at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday and we have also seen so much poor behavior onboard airplanes lately, mostly by inconsiderate muttonheads who refuse to wear masks.
With so much emotion still swirling around the U.S. Presidential election, the District of Columbia has become an impenetrable fortress ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. Fearing a repeat attack, airlines are also cracking down with a number of new restrictions.
Those include no alcohol or checking firearms on DC flights plus a no-tolerance approach to those who create disruptions onboard.
And that’s all well and good, totally appropriate for the occasion.
But Alaska Airlines is taking it a step further. Yes, Alaska is bringing back a 9/11-era rule on its flights to and from DC.
All passengers traveling to and from the DC metro area must stay seated one hour after take-off and one hour before landing.
That includes flights to Washington National, Washington Dulles, and even Baltimore.
Why The Alaska Airlines 1-Hour DC Seating Rule Is Stupid
The lesson we failed to learn from 9/11 was that a central point of terrorism is disruption, including sewing mistrust and heightening fear. Terrorism is often less about death and carnage than about fundamentally shifting narratives and disrupting institutions in a way that fosters discord.
Is there any reason to force someone who must use the lavatory to be seated when every passenger onboard has been screened by the TSA and the cockpit door is secured? Is an idiot who refuses to wear a mask and creates a spectacle onboard really going to remain seated?
There is no doubt Alaska has good intentions. Nevertheless, its latest mandate brings back all the poor memories of 9/11 and our total overreaction to prosecuting seditious criminals.
We face another crossroads here. New terrorism laws? Expanded no fly lists? More surveillance and curtailment of civil liberties? A walled-off district that looks like a war zone? Perhaps the best method is instead to use the laws on the books to prosecute those who do wrong. The FAA has a great new plan to punish those, under law, who do not behave on airplanes.
Inconveniencing and scaring everyone because of the actions of a few (very) bad apples is counterproductive to the sort of society we are seeking to create.
What are your thoughts on the Alaska Airlines DC seating rule?