af022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2119 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
I arrived last week on an international flight to IAD and was told that airlines cannot show maps on the IFE screen 1 hour before arrival to IAD, and no one can stand up and use the loo during this time either.
Is this true for all flights arriving the US, or just to IAD?
yeogeo From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 822 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2858 times:
I don't fly internationally into IAD, but I suspect it is a specific case to that area (I'm sure someone will be able to fill us in here soon). International flights into O'Hare for example, do not have that restriction.
sancho99504 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 559 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2733 times:
All flights into and out of IAD and DCA have these restrictions, which have been in place since air travel in the USA resumed after 9/11. I don't know if BWI has these restrictions, but if they do, these are the only 3 airports in the USA that have these restrictions.
Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2488 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7): It's so that a hijacker can't know where the plane is exactly, lest they decide to blow it up just as it overflies the Pentagon or something like that.
Except that's absolutely absurd because windows need to be open for landing, so for at least the last 30 min of the flight, a terrorist need only look outside to know where he is.
It´s a stupid rule, because around the Pentagon, White House, etc, there is a no fly zone. So even if a terrorist wants to blow the plane above the Pentagone, he can´t (with IFE, without IFE) because the plane just won´t fly over or near it.
Another TSA ilogical rule that looks "good" on paper, but when applied in the real world its just stupid!
WROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 886 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2375 times:
I fly several times a year between ORD and DCA and that rule was in place right after 9/11, but did not hear anything to that extend for the last several years. Right after 9/11 you could not leave your seat for the duration of your flight. The flights do not fly over the WH or Pentagon, but you get a nice view of them taking off at DCA.
Seems to me that either the crew on your flight needed a refresher on current regulations or they just wanted to have the last hour quiet to themselves.