AF022
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No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:36 pm

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?
 
gosimeon
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:44 pm

I think it is a rule brought in after the underwear bomber a couple of years ago. Not sure though.
 
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:14 pm

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.

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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:24 pm

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?

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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:28 pm

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.
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:50 pm

Didn't happen when I flew into IAD 2 years ago.
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:02 pm

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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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:03 pm

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.
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Checo77
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:12 pm

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!

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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:32 pm

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.
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:14 am

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.
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:08 am

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.
 
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RE: No IFE Maps When Arriving US?

Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:58 pm

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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