Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1120 times:
On a recent trip through ATL to STT and return, I got two excellent examples of the level of security that we have at our airports.
First, photography. At a Podunk little airport such ATL, I can take all the pictures I want; while at the major international hub of STT, I was told to stop or they would confiscate my camera.
Second, terrorist organizations. On the trip I met a member of one of the most insidious terrorist organizations in the world, a man named David Nelson. The David Nelson terrorist organization is on the TSA's list and anyone with that name is thoroughly checked anytime they travel.
I'm afraid that my personal level of paranoia does not yet meet the current standard to be considered "normal" and I'm not sure what to do about it. I probably would not even be considered for employment by the TSA because I do not have a criminal background and my abnormally low level of paranoia.
Captoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1108 times:
I heard the TSA was back to the grope checks at the gate, which were discontinued a while back because they were found to be redundant.
I actually think the primary job of the TSA is to cause paranoia and keep people from flying out of fear because they certainly aren't there for our safety.
Think about it:
You now have to arrive 2hrs before your flight, so now day trips are all but impossible to do by air for businesses.
You now have to have your privacy invaded and your luggage searched, causing your clothes to get wrinkled and anything delicate you have packed to get destroyed.
You now need to show your ID for everything at an airport, probably even to take a piss if the TSA had their way. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it sure is a hassel and gets to be more than a little stupid after you show your ID at check-in then at security.
You have to have your dignity removed at the security if you are one of the lucky people who gets to take off your shoes and get felt up by an ugly pant-load who wasn't smart enough to get the manager job at McDonalds.
If you show any interest in actually flying or act even halfway happy to be there you clearly must be a terrorist, so you need further searching.
Packing anything in a carry-on is no longer a great time saver, now it is a sure way to spend 20 minutes at the security checkpoint.
I really think it is a miracle anyone still travels by air. The airlines are in for a long, rough, few years with increasing fuel prices and fewer people wanting to deal with the BS of flying, especially on shorter routes where driving is becoming more practical every day.
BTW I think we must belong to the same terrorist group. I wonder if Johan handed over his user database to the TSA or something because I have no idea what else it might be about me that makes me such a threat.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1043 times:
The TSA has as much to do with "Airport Security" as Argenbright did on 9/11/01! Its the same people but now with much more attitude to throw at people, more regulations to threaten people with and the backing of the Federal government to top it all off. It a typical government response to any given situation - throw money, manpower or both at it but under absolutely no circumstances, fix the problem!
Ben Franklin said it best: "He who gives up liberties for security, deserves neither!"
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(