Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Department of Transportation and FAA Allow Special Express Christmas Night Deliveries

Ninth Reindeer and Safety Equipment Standing By Whilst NORAD Tracks Santa's Sleigh
Shipping News Feature
US – WORLDWIDE – The US Department of Transportation has relaxed recently introduced regulations and given special dispensation with regard to traditional deliveries taking place on the night of December 24 and into the early hours of the following morning. The controversy arose after an application from Mr Kris Kringle in early November requested permission for his 8RP powered sleigh to operate an express parcel service covering all 50 United States and onward in a full sweep of the globe in just a few hours.

That authority, limited to a single night, was announced in a hastily assembled press conference by US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and should be viewed on the attached video to gain the full story. The news came after the Federal Aviation Administration has inspected the unusual vehicle and certified its airworthiness subject to a ninth reindeer, equipped with supplemental safety and navigation gear, being on hand.

When pressed, Secretary Foxx commented that, although the subject was beyond the remit of his department, households countrywide might well be wise to be on best behaviour and leave refreshments, such as milk and cookies, to ensure the single driver, Mr Claus, remained alert throughout his arduous nights work. Now in its 60th year, the Official NORAD Santa Tracker will monitor the red-suited pilot throughout the duration of his flight. Consistent with NORAD emphasis on transparency, the Tracker, complete with countdown clock, is publicly accessible here.

There were some murmurs of bribing a public official when Secretary Foxx also took the opportunity to mention to the driver of the sleigh that an authentic Carolina Panthers jersey in his own stocking would be very welcome.