Confusion on airline security regs follows Christmas incident

While on hold with Delta's corporate communications number for over 25 minutes, I have time to shuffle through criticism of miscommunication, and official statements, following the December 25 terrorist attempt on Northwest Airline Flight 253 from Amsterdam.

While on hold with Delta's corporate communications number for more than 25 minutes this morning, I had time to shuffle through the various reports of miscommunication as well as official statements following the December 25 terrorism attempt on Northwest Airline Flight 253 from Amsterdam. The TSA posts a vague statement on adjusted security measures at airports:

Passengers traveling domestically and internationally to U.S. destinations may notice additional screening measures.

That statement includes a link to another statement on the situation by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Details were also sparse here, but the secretary noted the need for "unpredictable" security measures in order to thwart future efforts.

Napolitano is in the midst of her own crisis now, following criticism of her comment on CNN's State of the Union: “â€ĤOne thing I'd like to point out is that the [air safety] system worked.” This morning, as she made the media rounds, she fired back on the Today show, explaining that it was taken out of context, and saying, "Our system did not work in this instance.” Sites like the Huffington Post called it a flip-flop that is adding to the public's confusion.

Meanwhile, the media reports highlight tweets from passengers at various airlines reporting new security measures, including intensified pat-downs at airports, the inability to use electronics on various international flights, and a rule that passengers must remain in their seats, sans blankets, the last hour of the flight. These potential changes to on-board security remain unconfirmed by TSA authorities. The Delta blog and newsroom also have not yet reported any updates beyond an initial Christmas press release.

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