* TSA says it updated in-flight security rules
* Will let pilots determine whether to enforce them
(Updates with TSA confirmation of policy on in-flight
entertainment systems; background on airline stocks)
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON Dec 28 The U.S.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now give air
captains discretion over when commercial airline passengers can
move about the cabin and what they can have on their laps.
The update of airline security rules follows what U.S.
government authorities called a thwarted attempt by an
individual on Christmas day to blow up a Northwest Airlines
flight as it approached Detroit from Amsterdam.
President Barack Obama said that as a result of this
oversight, he had ordered a thorough review of the screening
The TSA confirmed Monday that pilots can now decide whether
to allow passengers to keep items in their laps or require them
to be seated during portions of the flight.
The agency also will let pilots and airlines determine
whether in-flight entertainment systems that show a plane's
location should be turned off to avoid a security risk, an
agency spokeswoman said.
JetBlue Airways (JBLU.O) announced through its Twitter page
earlier Monday that its LiveTV service resumed on its flights.
Airline industry experts have said renewed terror threats
and potentially tighter airport security measures could dampen
business travel demand just as it starts to recover.
Shares of U.S. airlines slumped Monday, the first trading
session following the attempted attack. The Arca Airline index
.XAL fell 1.8 percent.
(Reporting by Kyle Peterson in Chicago and Jeremy Pelofsky
in Washington; added reporting by Deepa Seetharaman in New
York; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz, Steve Orlofsky and Bernard