Security agents may pat the soles of your feet, work up your legs to your waist and run a wand across your whole body. Bags may be searched even after they pass the scanner. Bathroom breaks may be eliminated for the last hour of international flights. Blankets on your lap on those flights are verboten, too. Forget about that extra carry-on bag. And those controversial body scanners that can see under passengers' clothes? They could show up at more airports.(...)
For the time being, passengers flying to the USA must remain in their seats for about an hour before their flight lands and put away personal items, such as electronic equipment, bags, pillows and other bulky items, said two Transportation Security Administration officials familiar with the new rules.
There is an argument to be had about whether existing TSA policies are effective at preventing violent acts on airplanes flying in the United States. Unfortunately, there is no argument about whether the attempted bathroom bomber used the threat of violence to coerce the United States federal government into altering some of its policies. Also unfortunately, there is no argument that those policy changes will restrict the actions of several hundred thousand, possibly even millions, of United States citizens.