We Are Strange People...

Fri Mar 01, 2002 11:28 pm

On Sept 11th, we were attacked. The weapons used against us were airplanes. When it happened, almost to a man, everyone on this forum and a majority of people in the US were calling for more stringent security procedures. Well, now that we've got it...rather than deal with it and the process that it will take to shore it up...we complain. Good to know things are back to normal........

Philadelphia Inquirer -- A Florida man boarding a Philadelphia-bound flight in Manchester, N.H., in December became agitated at a security checkpoint held his hand like a gun pretending to shoot and told airline employees that he was carrying bombs from Osama bin Laden. With stifling security becoming even more smothering at airports nationwide since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hundreds of passengers and staffers peeved by the resulting delays and annoyances are lashing out sending sky rage cases skyrocketing. "There are a lot of people who are just fed up with the new security measures. They say they don't mind being inconvenienced, but many really do," said Andrew Thomas, an aviation expert who co-wrote the book "Air Rage: Crisis in the Skies." Thomas studied air rage cases - "aberrant, abnormal or abusive behavior" as reported by the FAA, FBI, local law enforcement records, airlines and passengers and found nearly 8,300 occurred in the last three months of 2001.
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RE: We Are Strange People...

Fri Mar 01, 2002 11:46 pm

We don't mind security on others. In fact we insist that it is done and complain when it isn't. But we object to being subjected to security searches and take it as a personal insult.
"Do you think I am crazy? Do I look like someone who is about to blow up the plane? Don't you beleive me? Are you calling me a liar? Do you think I am a criminal?"
Of course, I know that. But nobody else does. And I know the guy ahead of me is the real terrorist. And I am going to make sure that he is searched from head to toe.
But not me. I am the good guy.
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RE: We Are Strange People...

Sat Mar 02, 2002 12:19 am

I believe it is unlawful in UK to make 'mock' indications of weapons, or even make 'dubious comments' which can be misconstrued!
People have been denied boarding and definitely reported to police for their action.
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
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RE: We Are Strange People...

Sat Mar 02, 2002 1:50 am

With regards to Carduelis' comment about the UK......
I remember seeing a man on the BBC programme 'Airport' (probably made about a year before Sept 11th) who joked to LHR security he had a gun in his violin case (as the maffia used to do!) Anyway he was searched and ofcourse there was a violin in the case, but I beleive he got an official caution and was refused boarding!
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RE: We Are Strange People...

Sat Mar 02, 2002 2:07 am

Tight security makes sense, if used in the appropriate (sp?) manner, no question, but the way things are going in the US...........well, your are not alone with your thoughts, that will show you the follwing lines which I have found at another AOL Int`l forum.....

"Please sit back and take a minute to make a little test......

1) In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a) Norwegians from Ballard
b) Elvis
c) a tour bus full of 80-year old women; or
d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of
17 and 40

2)In 1983, the U.S. marine barracks in Beirut were
blown up by:
a) a pizza delivery boy
b) Crazed feminists screeching that being able to throw
a grenade beyond its own burst radius was an unfair
and sexist requirement in basic training
c) Geraldo Rivera making up for a slow news day: or
d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of
17 and 40

3) In 1988, Pan Am flight 103 was bombed by:
a) Luca Brazzi, for not being given a part in "Godfather2"
b) The Tooth Fairy
c) Butch and Sundance who had a few sticks of
dynamite left over from the train thing; or
d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of
17 and 40

4) In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
were bombed by:
a) Mr. Rogers
b) Hillary, to distract attention from Wee Willie`s women
c) The WWF, to promote its next villain: "Mustapha the
Merciless & ....."; or
d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of
17 and 40

5) On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked and
destroyed by:
a) Bugs Bunny
b) The Supreme Court of Florida trying to outdo their
attempted hijacking of the 2000 Presidential election
c) Mr Bean; or
d) Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of
17 and 40.

How`d you do? Did you detect a pattern that would indicate we`d better take a close look at a certain type of individual who might be boarding an airplane with something else on their mind other than "What`s the in-flight movie today?"

You think so? Horrors!! You`re nothing more than a closet racist who could never be hired as an official federal airport screener. You probably molest goats, too - but that`s another coloumn.

So, as it stands now, we have the Transportation Security Administration trying to improve the professionalism of airport screeners with lowering standards and forbidding the use of common sense in screening people. Makes sense, right? Right?"

And now your comments are requested......

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RE: We Are Strange People...

Sat Mar 02, 2002 3:03 am

1: C
2: B
3: C
4: C
5: B

So how did I do? Did I pass the airport screener test?  Big thumbs up
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RE: We Are Strange People...

Sat Mar 02, 2002 5:40 am

September 11th happened because we in America have be so naive and blaise about our on safety and security. Many felt that terrorism was something that happened in other countries on the other side of the world, and with the exception of the occassional homegrown lunatic (Timothy McVeigh, Eric Robert Rudolph, etc), our nation was safe, and no terrorist would dare attack America on its' own shores. America is not used to being overly smothered with a security blanket; many see the government response to 9/11 as either a slap to the face of the Constitution, or as a band-aid on a deep cut. The FAA did not require metal detectors in airports until the latter part of the 1970s, and this was after a rash of highjackings during the previous years. The airlines are partly to blame as well. The lessons that were learned after Pan Am 103 were basically ignored stateside, and though they may not have prevented the events of September 11th, they further bolster the belief that airlines compromise safety in order to improve profits. Our own government allowed these terrorists to enter this country and overstay their legal welcome and come and go as they pleased. There were numerous chances to stop the events that transpired on 9/11, but people were too stupid to see them, and hindsight is 20/20. The new security regulations should have been put in place years ago, not as a knee-jerk reaction to a national tragedy, but as a safeguard to freedom. Americans don't like having their bags searched, they don't like waiting in long lines, but we're going to have to get used to it. A little bit longer wait and an extra $10 on the price of a ticket is just a little inconvience to make things safer.

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