Just in time for the holiday travel season, the Transportation Security Administration announced that travelers who bring remote control devices in carry-on baggage may encounter additional airport screening. According to the New York Times, the additional screening could include pat downs of children carrying remote-controlled toys.
My two favorite pieces of information from the New York Times Article:
(1) The federal authorities considered simply making the change at airports in the United States without announcing it. (Hmmm, that's strange. They've never cavity-searched little Billy before. . . ); and
(2) A TSA spokeswoman said that the new scrutiny for remote-control toys will not extend to television remote controls. (You know, if somebody's bringing a remote control for their television set on an airplane, you may actually want to subject them to a little heightened scrutiny.)
No word yet on whether the TSA will mimic its bottled water policy and allow passengers to carry on remote control toys purchased in the airport at 300% markup.