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Let me get this straight: The US government is depriving airline passengers not even in US air space of freedom of assembly?

In nine days, I get onto a 22 hour flight to Australia with Elizabeth but without David. I was already concerned about the the general length of the flights in both directions and how I was going to cope with Elizabeth on the plane. I was also worried about possibly being hassled for breastfeeding, either by passengers or the flight crew. It's never happened to me, but if it were to happen, this would be the worst possible circumstance. And I was also worried about the possibility of body cavity searches for women passengers by overzealous air marshalls concerned about possible cuntbombers.

But THIS, this makes me furious:

Australia's Qantas May Ban Bathroom Lines

Australia's Qantas Airways said Wednesday that U.S. authorities are now banning passengers from gathering near restrooms and other places on flights to America - an order the Australian government thinks might be impractical.

Commercial flights across the Pacific Ocean from Australia to the United States' west coast are among the world's longest.

``The U.S. Transport Security Administration are now requiring that passengers on flights to the U.S. are not to congregate in groups in any areas of the aircraft, especially around the lavatories,'' a Qantas spokeswoman said.

Australia's Transport Minister John Anderson, who is also deputy prime minister, described the ban as ``a little bit hard to handle.''

Qantas said passengers were being told about the new rules.

(Via Heli's Heaven and Hell Radio.)

Let me get this straight: The US government is depriving airline passengers not even in US air space of freedom of assembly TO GO TO THE BATHROOM?

I ask in all seriousness, if we are now living under fascism.

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