All systems . . . no! Rocket City FurMeet 11 postponed to 2014 over TSA mask rules
On Friday, however, RCFM board member Bunny Halberd announced that the convention was being postponed to 2014. According to the explanation posted on RCFM's website, late in 2012 the RCFM Board agreed to host the convention at the Huntsville Airport Sheraton in 2013. Unfortunately, the hotel did not fully understand what type of convention RCFM is — and the Board did not realise that the entire hotel is under the control of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
As an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the TSA does not allow full-face masks in any space it controls; fursuit heads would be forbidden. RCFM's Board realised this would be of great detriment to the convention. Upon realising the mutual misunderstanding, the hotel offered to let the Board cancel its contract with no penalty and a full refund of their deposit, an option which they voted to take.
Immediately following this, the Board began a furious search for a new venue. Only one hotel was found that was available and willing to host the convention in 2013, although it would have involved changing the convention dates. The Board was willing to make this change, but the hotel also required full payment of the entire expense up-front. Being unable to afford this – they would not have the money until they had collected membership fees from both pre- and door-registrations – the Board decided to postpone RCFM 11 completely until 2014.