SE USA Arrival

We’re here after a smooth is slightly grueling pair of United flights that got us here in Orlando (via Denver) at 2:20 AM. Today is RV pickup day! Remind me to blog (bitch) about crazy airport security procedures, the newest luggage technology. Right now we are under pressure to vacate this hotel room…

OK here I am adding about airport security. I’m sure I am not the only one who finds airport security annoying and I suppose most people share my irritation at how every time you go they seem to cook up some different procedure. Laptops out? Shoes off? Jackets off? Swab electronics with some little pad? Make you turn them on? No liquids? No toothpaste? If the next lunatic tries to hide a bomb in his underwear, will we be forced to go thru the detector naked?

Anyway now they have these little telephone booth type things that do some kind of a full body scan. Here is my slightly exaggerated recollection of how this works. You go through the metal detector and a huge mean looking guy and a really ugly woman walk up wearing rubber gloves. He says:

“Sir, you have been selected for a full body search. You can have a manual search by myself and my assistant here which will take a half hour and be extremely embarrassing and painful. Or, you can step into the scanner for 20 seconds. Which would you prefer?”

I really don’t trust some airport security guard earning minimum wage to operate what I assume is an xray machine, nor do I trust some government vendor to build one safely. And I suspect the whole thing is almost completely useless. But what can you do?

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One response to “SE USA Arrival

  1. Let me see if I have this right.

    2 million passengers per day (in the US only) for the past 9 years (since 9/11) equals about 6.5 BILLION passengers.

    One nut tries to blow up a plane with explosives in his underwear which failed. (BTW: You can’t put enough explosives in your underwear to down a plane) and now OUR GOVERNMENT wants to strip search or physically pat down all AMERICAN travelers at a cost of BILLIONS of dollars.

    Non-metallic weapons are bullsh**. Nobody can get in the cockpit anymore. Maybe they could harm another passenger? Is this a realistic threat?

    Nobody has been killed by terrorists on an American aircraft since 9/11!

    Also – TSA (or DfT) has never caught a terrorist – ever!

    Odds: 1 in 6.5 billion ? or less? the bombs didn’t work!
    Powerball 1 in 40 million?
    State lottery 1 in 14 million.

    I’m 465 times more likely to win the state lottery, than to be killed by terrorists on a plane!

    WHAT ARE OUR LEGISLATORS SMOKING?

    Billions to strip search Air Travelers? Teachers all over the country out of work?
    Cities & Towns going bankrupt?

    What about the 300,000 killed in car crashes in the same period?

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    Picture your family like this:
    http://rupture.co.uk/Terminal%204.html
    or this:

    Print out a bunch of these to hand out in the insecurity line!

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