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TSA Extends Security Directive, Subpoenas Writers

December 30, 2009 | Posted in: Security

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The TSA’s latest directive (SD-1544-09-06) that called for heightened security measures after the Northwest Airlines incident on Christmas Day has been extended. The directive was set to expire yesterday (Tuesday), but now it will continue through tonight:

“A new directive will be issued by Wednesday night, the TSA said. One TSA official told CNN that any changes are likely to be minor, but that discussions are ongoing.” (from CNN)

The directive has caused more than a little bit of a stir among travel writers. If you haven’t heard, Chris Elliott (@elliottdotorg on Twitter) and Steven Frischling (@flyingwithfish on Twitter) received and posted the directive. Since posting, they have both been visited by TSA agents and subpoenaed as the TSA tries to discover who within their organization leaked the directive to the two writers. According to Chris’ latest update, “They have taken @flyingwithfish computer.”

I wonder if “minor” changes to a convoluted directive will accomplish anything. I also wonder why more effort seems to have been put into getting information from two travel writers than it was into keeping a dangerous man off of a plane.

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