Stemming from the post about "Stupid FAA Rules", this post is to redeem myself partly, and also to set the record straight.
Thanks to those of you who agreed with me...although my replies to that post may have seemed blunt and cold. I'm actually a nice guy who loves traveling, and people. What does make me angry, however, are the constant complaints coming from passengers about being screened, and the "new rules". It's such a selfish attitude. I know it's a pain in the ass to be screened twice in a 1/2 hr, taking off your shoes, belt and boxer shorts, but you know what? Next time this happens to you, ask yourself why it's being done. I'll go ahead and answer that question for ya...S-A-F-E-T-Y!! Woohoo folks, you are given the right to fly safely now; first time in about 80 years.
All of us airline employees, the FAA, and everybody else who is behind the scenes of your flight are working our asses off to make your flight a safe one. When we know that every person is matched to a bag in the cargo hold, that makes us feel good. When we know that there aren't sick people on board with knives and explosives, that makes us feel good. When I walk around one of my planes as an originating flight and see that everything is secure, and safe, that makes me feel good. Just consider what the airlines are doing to help you "survive" a flight. You just may thank that screener who made you remove your shoes in the end.