Thursday, July 20, 2017

Are You Sick of Winning Yet?

The United States has ended a ban on passengers carrying laptops on board US-bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration.

Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport was the last of 10 airports to be exempted from the ban, which was launched four months ago, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed in a tweet late on Wednesday.

The ban has been lifted on the nine airlines affected - Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc - which are the only carriers to fly direct to the US from the region.

A ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - remains in place though it has been limited after several US court hearings challenged the restrictions.


Leading industry group the International Air Transport Association (IATA) criticised the laptop ban as ineffective, as security experts argued that fighters could travel to the US via Europe or elsewhere where the restrictions didn't apply.

And by that same rational judgment, the stupid border wall should be scrapped instead of funded.
President Trump's famous border wall may be less big and beautiful than he imagined, with a House panel on Tuesday advancing a bill that would allocate funding for just 28 miles of new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  The Hill
Even dumber
The Homeland Security bill, which passed the House Appropriations Committee, has $1.57 billion in border infrastructure funds, including $498 million for 28 miles of new levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley, amounting to $17.8 million per mile.


The funding builds on $15 million in funding appropriated for 2017 to replace 40 miles of primary fencing, $102 million for 14 miles in San Diego and $175 million for 24 miles in El Paso, Texas.


Trump has dismissed the need to build a wall stretching the entirety of the U.S. border with Mexico, which spans 1,989 miles. "And remember this, it's a 2,000-mile border, but you don't need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One during a flight last week.
Trump himself is a natural barrier.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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