After 9/11 passengers on flights to Washington’s National airport were required to remain seated for the last 30 minutes of their trip, and for the first 30 minutes on any flight departing the airport.
Dubbed by frequent flyers the “no pee rule” it was meant to immediately identify anyone that might be trying to take over the aircraft when it was close enough that it could hit the White House, U.S. Capitol or other high value target. More than 30 minutes out, presumably, the government thought it would be able to shoot down the plane.
All passengers traveling to and from the DC metro area must stay seated one hour after take-off and one hour before landing.
The rule starts today, and applies not just to Alaska Airlines flights in and out of Washington National but also to their once-daily Seattle flights to both Washington Dulles and BWI. And while the rule is ‘temporary’ Alaska hasn’t announced its end date.
Sixteen years ago the TSA decided the rule requiring passengers to stay seated was no longer needed to deter threats thanks to “[s]ignificantly enhanced layers of security range from hardened cockpit doors to advanced screening procedures and air marshals on flights.”
Alaska Airlines deems MAGA protestors to be more devious threats, it seems, than Al-Qaeda terrorists, because they might project “TRUMP 2020” onto the ceiling of an aircraft – yet believes they can be foiled by foreclosing access to the lavatory at the beginning or end of a flight.
And so it begins.
On a plane from TX —> DC flight attendants are struggling to control a plane full of Trump supporters as they display a pro-Trump projection and harass others passengers bound for DC.
— Maranie R. Staab (@MaranieRae) January 6, 2021
Increased mask enforcement is also noted as an inauguration security measure, which only makes sense as a pretext and strategy for identify MAGA passengers who might become disruptive. If they kick off anti-maskers they’re less likely to be carrying people likely to become disruptive traveling to or from the inaugural events.