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No IFE Maps When Arriving US?  
User currently offlineaf022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2150 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 3552 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?

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User currently offlinegosimeon From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 3483 times:

I think it is a rule brought in after the underwear bomber a couple of years ago. Not sure though.

User currently offlineyeogeo From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 882 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 3306 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.

yeo



Yokoso! to my world
User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

I fly international into ATL and IAH pretty often and was never met with such rules.

I think its specifically an IAD thing, or maybe the airline rules. Which airline did you take into IAD?

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlinesancho99504 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3181 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.


kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out-USMC
User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1781 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

Didn't happen when I flew into IAD 2 years ago.


Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17056 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Quoting sancho99504 (Reply 4):
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

According to Wikipedia this rule was lifted in July 2005 for DCA.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19419 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

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.


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2936 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!

Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

That happened to me as well when I flew ICN-SFO on UA back in October. I questioned why, and all I recieved was, "Because that is the rule." Never made any sense to me.


LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22737 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 8):
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.

River visual?

But it's pointless going on to or out of IAD because it's almost unheard of to fly anywhere near the District on a flight to or from IAD.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 946 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2823 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.


User currently offlineA340crew From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

I Flew into IAD from Europre over 20 times last year on UA and never heard this before. Maybe this was specific to this airline or crew?

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