Your right, flying is NOT a God given right... However, when someone pays $80 or $100 or $200 or $1000 for a ticket, they deserve to be treated like a person.
I do agree with a lot of the TSA
security measures...if they were practiced right, we'd have a safe system. But, as humans, we all proform the same job differently. For example, one rule can be interpreted completely differently in PHL
...If everythnig was done by the book, or AT
LEAST equally, we'd be much safer.
One rule I don't agree with is the random security screening...(which is also interpreted differently in different places...for example, at FLL
9/11/03 I was selected, nothing happpened! Also, many airports have this screening in a seperate area, where it is private and you don't feel embarassed.)
Let me tell you a story...Oct 3, 2004 LGA
: (I find that LGA
is VERY strict security wise!)...my family and I walk into the airport around 1:00pm for our 2:45 jetBlue flight to FLL
. We are helped and when we leave, the guy asks us..."Do you have a TSA
lock? If not, you might want to unlock it in case it is searched!" and sticks a red tag on the bag. We procede to security and walk through...I had not read my ticket yet...i walk through...phew, alarm doesn't go off! A lady comes up to me...you have been randomly selected"...and screams..."MALE SELECTEE!" so everyone can hear it...my dad gets picked out (and he is pissed)..."MALE SELECTEE"...my mom (who thinks it's good for out country)..."FEMALE SELECTEE!" This poor mother with a baby (not a part of my family)..."FEMALE SELECTEE!"...the man who walks through and has a belt that sets the alarm off..."sir, please go back and put the belt on the mechine"...he does not get any additional screening! So, my family is selected...i'm asked which bags are mine...I am shaking like mad from embarassment/annoyance/and nervousness...and I respond "we all packed them together"...I'm asked again and give the same answer...seeing how I will not be too cooperative, they search all 4 of our family bags and our coats...puting each electronic device to the explosive test. (I know its procedeure, but it was a waste of time!) Then, they (IN THE MIDDLE OF
TRAVELERS WALKING BY
, LOOKING AT
A FUNNY WAY)...I am being treated like a terrorist, in the most embarassing moment of my life being wanded. So, finally wonding finishes, we get our tickets stamped, and its all over. Not really, we still have to wait 10 mins to get our bags searched!
Ok, we had pleanty of time, so why am I so mad? For a few reasons...First, I check with the TSA
all the time...i am on their website whenever I travel. I never carry prohibited items and my family checks with me to make sure that they are traveling right and won't get stopped (and believe it or not, i had to keep them from putting a few things in!). I was so prepared this time that I even put my glasses in a pocket in my jacket..so I was almost blind during the whole process! (It was the first time ever that I put my glasses through the X-ray!) Also, we are a family from FLL
traveling up north, packing heavy. I actually had to convince my parents to check a bag in the first place because i was worried about being randomly selected. (And needless to say we were glad we did!) We wasted at least 4 screeners and their time just from being randomly selected. Also, after going through security and them seeing that we had nothing in there and passing through the metal detector, why do we need the extra search when 200 others who have done the same do not?
We need to do away with random selectees and move to a better system..I'd rather be searched because of something suspicious than for the sake of luring the nation into a sense of "Something's being done" when that "something" is a bunch of BS
"random" screening of familys and old people!
Thanks for all of your time in reading this!