Do you ever feel like you’re just a pawn in some surreal game of chess when you travel? After a passenger and crew heroically thwarted a terrorist attack on a jetliner minutes outside of Detroit on Christmas Day, everyone has been scrambling to adjust to a new (and changing) set of rules designed to keep travelers safe - and well, traveling.
While we all want our domestic and international flights as safe as possible, it may take a while to figure out how best to do that without making air travel any more insufferable than it often is. In addition to the typical holiday delays, air travelers in the past few days have been told to keep their hands visible; abstain from any bathroom visits during the last hour of flight; and put up their iPods, blankets, pillows and any reading material. Babies have been frisked at security. In-flight screens showing the plane’s location or flight path have been turned off. Bags have been checked by hand multiple times, causing hours-long