Reading is a necessary part of many airplane trips. And books haven't made the list of prohibited items - yet. But for some reason, airport security at one of the area airpots (probably JFK) gave Harry Potter author JK Rowling a hard time about her manuscript for the seventh book in the series. On her website, she writes:
The heightened security restriction on the airlines in August made the journey back from New York interesting, as I refused to be parted from the manuscript of book seven (a large part of it is handwritten, and there was no copy of anything I had done while in the U.S.). They let me take it on, thankfully, bound up in elastic bands.
Was her manuscript encased in some sort of protective gel exterior? That's pretty nice of the screeners, though we're sure a call to the British Consulate would have facilitated the situation, too, though, given the heft of Harry Potter books lately, we could understand the sight of a Harry Potter manuscript being threatening. Rowling had been in the NYC for a reading she did with Stephen King and John Irving, and she told fans she was toughening them up with two more character deaths to get them ready for King's and Irving's books.
And LaGuardia and JFK Airports are getting just under $40 million for projects to improve the airports and their surrounding neighbors. The NY Times reports the money "will pay for landscaping, street improvements, traffic studies and upgrades to the AirTrain at Kennedy."