#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 7th, 2013 12:02
#2 By: Juan Rudametkin, October 7th, 2013 12:32
After hanky panky and Denver, yet another definition of the Mile High Club.
#3 By: Paul Renault, October 7th, 2013 12:36
..er..you're allowed to smoke on airplane flights in the 'States?
#4 By: WearySky, October 7th, 2013 13:02
Yeah, the headline threw me off too. It should really read "TSA may allow you to bring your medical marijuana on the plane".
#5 By: Boundegar, October 7th, 2013 13:12
...at least until they do a sudden 180 and throw all those trusting stoners in the slam for possession.
#6 By: Scooter, October 7th, 2013 13:13
Not that people haven't been imbibing in-flight before now, but it sure would make the trip through security less stressful.
#7 By: Jason Andresen, October 7th, 2013 13:23
Somehow just because it mentioned the TSA, I imagined this scenario playing out in the most dickish way possible.
"We keep confiscating the pot and sending people to the local authorities, but they keep telling us that it's legal in this state and won't do anything about it! How are we supposed to arrest people if they're not breaking the law? You know what, screw it, we're not even going to arrest them anymore, I hope you're happy, state government. pouts"
#8 By: hamish strong, October 7th, 2013 13:28
"If they're high enough, maybe they'll somehow forget how miserably incompetent and needlessly invasive we are, opiate of the masses and all that..."
#9 By: Paul Renault, October 7th, 2013 13:39
And now, in Great Moments in Pedantry:
OK, so...they can bring the medical marijuana on the plane, but they can't use it, if I understand you correctly.
#10 By: Jon Konrath, October 7th, 2013 13:46
They have no problem with you being high when they're selling a tiny bag of potato chips at $14 a pop on the snack cart.
#11 By: WearySky, October 7th, 2013 13:54
Well, as @Scooter mentioned above - there's always edibles. But yes, one presumes that smoking of any kind will still be banned on flights.
#12 By: TheMetalPedant, October 7th, 2013 13:57
Yeah, I can't read this story without thinking of the inevitable follow-up a few days/a couple of weeks from now, when the TSA "arrests" someone for trying to bring their medication with them, and leaves them stripped naked in an airport screening room/jail cell for 8 hours while they interrogate and threaten them.
#13 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, October 7th, 2013 14:23
Open flames or even just smouldering combustibles are pretty much an aviation no-no anywhere outside of an engine.
#14 By: edked, October 7th, 2013 14:46
Seeing as smoking (tobacco) was allowed on planes for years and years, and all reasons given for it being banned referred pretty much exclusively to the health risks, I don't think that has much to do with anything.
#15 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, October 7th, 2013 15:09
I'm talking policy, not reasoning.
#16 By: Kimmoth, October 7th, 2013 17:00
Sanity from the TSA?
It's a trap!
#17 By: Paul Renault, October 7th, 2013 17:11
#18 By: Itsumishi, October 7th, 2013 18:03
I think, that perhaps, just perhaps, Cory was having a little fun with the headline.
#19 By: Spam Spam, October 8th, 2013 03:35
I tell you this much . . . about three years ago when I was travelling around the US someone gave me a small sample of stinky weed in Boston and it was too potent to finish so I packed it in my bag for a flight to California. On that route my bags are inevitably searched (after check-in) and I receive a kind but scary note saying that my "bags have been searched" BUT NOTHING ABOUT THE WEED which was tucked into an even more suspicious small bag of Chinese tea bells. When I told my (old) Mom about the note she said " . . . they were looking for drugs"
#20 By: billstewart, October 8th, 2013 04:26
Edibles aren't very useful for the stress of dealing with TSA, at least if you drove yourself to the airport; they usually take an hour to kick in. But they may help you sleep on the plane, and if nothing else, the TSA's going to be less suspicious of a brownie in your luggage than a jar of "oregano".
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