Canadian publishers are dumbfounded by new airport security measures that seem to forbid passengers from bringing books and magazines purchased pre-flight onto airplanes bound for the U.S.The measures, announced Dec. 28 by Transport Canada, permit Canadian passengers en route to the U.S. to carry on board “one or more” of 13 specified items. They include canes, cameras, laptop computers, musical instruments and “medical devices.”
However, books and magazines are not included among the permitted items. The situation has left Carolyn Wood, executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, “speechless, really. We’re used to governments fearing books for their content. But what is it here? Is it their explosive capability?”
The goal of the terrorist is do something that causes a panicked, ill-considered reaction that alienates the people.
I’d say this counts as a victory for the terrorists.