From the Wall Street Journal:
Under legislation signed by U.S. President George W. Bush last week, travelers from the European Union and some other regions of the world could face delays of 48 to 72 hours between when they buy an airline ticket to enter the U.S. and when they are allowed to board their flights.
The law also says all cargo containers shipped to the U.S. should be screened for radiation at their ports of departure. The EU exported $333 billion of goods to the U.S. last year.
I'm not sure whether that would apply to me as I'm a legal resident of the US but under the current administration, I have learned it's safe to assume the worst, period.
So, if there was a family emergency, I might have to wait three days before I could travel (probably missing the emergency, as those are often of a temporary nature). Likewise, if one of my kids had to be flown to the US for medical reasons, I could not go right away. Or if we were to decide to do a last-minute-trip to the US just for fun. (We are known to have such rash travel plans.)
Speaking of containers, if we ever moved back to the US, our containers could be delayed by months because we could feasibly have bought some shiny stuff in Iran, or so.
I'm not even going to get all riled up about the latest wiretapping foreigners nonsense. And here I thought the Dems would be a bit more, hm, morally upright. Hah. Stupid me.