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"WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Transportation Security Agency announced it will impose more airline restrictions following the terrorist threat in the United Kingdom. Beginning immediately, all passengers will be required to wait five days before traveling.
"Travelers must wait five days after buying a ticket before they can board an airplane," TSA spokesman Kip Hawley explained. "The purpose of this is to prevent terrorism by giving the purchaser a chance to 'cool off,' rather than potentially boarding an aircraft in a fit of anger or rage. Too many terrorist acts are completed within hours of a ticket purchase."
The waiting period will be applied to all domestic and international flights. "The September 11th hijackers boarded domestic planes," Hawley recalled. "Had a waiting period been in effect, the attack would have been foiled until September 16th. We could have completely evacuated the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during that 120-hour window. Thousands of lives would have been saved.""
MDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
Quoting TedTAce (Reply 3): I 'get' it. I just don't APPRECIATE the joke in question. It's obviously fake, where GOOD parody has an element of believability to it.
Of course it's ludicrously fake, and would be completely asinine if it wasn't
That's the point.
Pointing out the ludicrous with the ludicrous. This satire has a direct parallel that is in effect, and equally ludicrous. Which makes the piece even more funny as just about anyone will instantly determine the piece to be an absolute absurdity, while often not questioning the real world equivalent. As you said, there must be an element of believability. Well, a real world parallel is pretty believable to me.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
I realize that this was a satirical piece, but don't we already do that with some people who have to get a visa long before they want to come to the USA, even if from waiver countries? Already, it is becoming more difficult to book last minute, with earlier cut off times to do so, although in part to make sure a name can be checked to see if on a (highly imperfect) no-fly list.