"You Are Now Free To Pee About The Country"


That's a paraphrase, of course, of Southwest Airlines famous ad slogan.

It also represents that great triumph of the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, the weak-chinned (and, we assume, weak-bladdered) Michael Chertoff, who has lifted the post-9/11 rule that airline passengers headed to and fro D.C.'s Ronald Reagan National Airport not leave their seats for 30 minutes before takeoff and landing.

This is part of Chertoff's boldly vague new plan to increase the efficiency of the agencies comprising DHS. Who knows how many more sports-merchandise vendors DHS-related agents can thwart now that the pee patrol has been disbanded?