The Department of Homeland Security may be involved in a lot of evil, nefarious things and some stupid ones, but I am honestly, truly, from-the-bottom-of-my-heart grateful for their announcement today that you will no longer have to remain seated for the last 30 minutes of flights going into and out of Washington National Airport.* About a year ago, I had a Really. Bad. Experience. involving this rule, airport pizza, and my state of denial about my lactose intolerance. I remember actually thinking, "If John McCain lived through being tortured in Vietnam for years, I can deal with this for 25 more minutes," and then, "I am trying to inspire myself with thoughts of John McCain--the end must be nigh." Anyway. Thank you.
*You will catch me calling it Reagan National Airport over my own cold, dead body, and probably not even then, as I anticipate being a fairly quiet dead person.