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Nov. 10th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
*shudder!* Makes me glad my travels to the US in the past few years have been via bus or car! 'course, the last time I travelled by plane was during the liquid scare, so I'm really not all that surprised at this news- in addition to the taking off of shoes at the time, I had my carryon bag searched (I was randomly picked apparently, though they were nice about it), but they didn't bother to ask me about my then-apartment keys which had an electric circuit in them! Previous to the liquid scare, I was always asked about them, including several days previously when I travelled to the conference. Yeesh.
Nov. 10th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
permision to post to FB
I would like to post this to my FB, but not by using the button LJ provided.
I want my family (in another state) to know I will not stand for being treated like this.
My local airport is installing them and the airport I would have to go to to visit them already has the scanners.

As a survivor, just no!
Nov. 10th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
And unfortunately, if you don't want to go through the scanners, they really don't give you the option for a same sex person doing the search.

But of course, it's all for our safety. If we don't allow the scanners or men to grope us (out in public to humiliate us as well) we let THEM* win!

I haven't flown since 2006. I'm not about to now. If I can't get there by my own car or Greyhound, I'm not getting there. I'm lucky in that none of my family is across seas, but yeah. I had hoped one day to go back to Hawaii, as an adult. Or to England and Ireland and Scotland. I just don't see that happening at all. Not as long as this idiocy is going on.

*As you did, exchange terrorist, Osama, whatever for "them".
Nov. 10th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
And this is one of the reasons that -- even though I might be able to get home faster if I lived farther away (by flying) -- I will not take a job wherein I have to fly to get home.

400 miles driveway-t0-driveway sucks, but I'm not doing this -- and I don't have any "issues" with it like many people. (Please understand, I'm not putting issues in quotes because I don't believe that their problem are real -- I KNOW that they are -- I don't know how to state it. I'm against it because it's invasive and demoralizing. It's not triggery for me like it is for some. That's what I'm trying to say).
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
:( and angry. Really.

I've been sick of the safety charade for years, and it isn't getting any more bearable.
Nov. 11th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
The last time I traveled I was "randomly selected" by a ticketing agent for increased screening. I asked her to check me in to my connection even though my plane was delayed because I really needed to get back in time to start my new job and she decided to make my life suck. She didn't check me into the connecting flight, which I made it to in time, so I had to stand there and watch my plane, and my job, pull away from the gate.

The irony of the increased search was that this woman sent me for a pat down while I was wearing a rash guard. To anyone who doesn't know what a rash guard is, it's a piece of clothing for surfing made out of spandex and so thin that you can see every little goose bump on my nipples. I looked at the TSA agent and asked "really?", she laughed, touched my bicep and waved me through. Just telling this to point out that sometimes your TSA agents are the good guys and it's the ticketing agent that is the control-abusing jackass.

I'm tempted to assemble a group of people willing to go through airport security naked to point out how ridiculous this technology and invasion of privacy is.
Nov. 11th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I remember too that in Europe people thought American security was ridiculous, even the people doing the security checks there mentioned it. I don't know exactly what their regulations were, I was packed to go through the US anyway, but I noticed people got to keep their shoes on in most cases. They also caught more. A friend forgot she had a small pocketknife in her backpack, Europe caught it but US didn't. It seems like our systems here are more about embarrassment for passengers and a power trip for TSA than they are about any actual security.
Nov. 12th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Having seen this, I will have to rethink flying for a while. Of course, I was pretty boggled when I flew with my 3-month old son and he had to be patted down after I carried him through the metal detector. After all, he was wrapped up in a blanket and you never know what he might have been transporting. *eyeroll*
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