As I wrote earlier this month, TSA incompetence and stupidity — combined with American populace passivity — are causing thousands of people to miss their flights. The amount of time travelers are supposed to allow to get through airport security keeps ballooning — from one hour to two hours to, now, three hours before their flights. And that’s for domestic flights, mes amis, not just international ones.
Yet despite the copious coverage of this insanity, people keep flying. They not only keep flying, they’re increasing their flying. They keep planning vacations, they keep taking trips they don’t have to take, they keep putting up with being abused, and they keep complaining — just read the comments at Jonathan Turley’s post on this. Yet they will do nothing to resist.
Guess things must not be so bad.
I’ve said it a thousand times before, and I’ll say it again: unless you’re forced to travel for work or for a family/medical emergency, you don’t have to fly. You’re choosing to fly. You’re choosing to risk missing your flight. You’re choosing to be treated like cattle to the slaughter. Your behavior is telling the airlines and the TSA that you’re pefectly content to be abused.
When people get what they ask for, I don’t see how they can be surprised.
(Cross-posted at ABombazine)
Because the level of ignorance and stupidity in this country can never be overestimated, we have the latest incidence of one of America’s fine upstanding citizens displaying her intellectual acumen for all to see. And supposed airline professionals going along with her. True, this didn’t involve the TSA, but we can easily see how the stupidity and paranoia exhibited by that organization — and constantly hyped by our “security” overlords — has spread to the population at large.
From The Guardian:
Professor: flight was delayed because my equation raised terror fears
American Airlines says woman expressed suspicion about University of Pennsylvania economics professor, who was solving a differential equation
Menzio, who is Italian and has curly, dark hair, told the Associated Press he initially “thought they were trying to get clues about her illness.”
“Instead, they tell me that the woman was concerned that I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper.”
He told the Washington Post that he was “treated respectfully throughout” the process but remains perturbed by a system that “relies on the input of people who may be completely clueless”.
Completely clueless? Well, that’s half the American population right there.
(Cross-posted at ABombazine)
For months now, there have been so many stories in the news about the fact that airport security lines are getting longer, that the TSA is getting more onerous (as if that’s possible), that people are arriving earlier and earlier and still missing their flights. With increasing numbers of travelers during the summer, things will only get worse. Here are just a few such articles:
To all of which I have only one thing to say:
Which is pretty much what I said at the comment I left at the NYT article (the last one in this list). Let’s see if they print it. I left it early this morning:
No sympathy. In fact, laughter. The TSA is an out-of-control criminal agency that abuses people with impunity. It has been doing so for at least the past six years. Yet people put up with it.
Stop flying, people! Stop flying and bring the airlines to their knees. Then things will change. But as long as you’re content to allow yourselves — and your children — to be bullied, harassed, robbed, and assaulted, you’re getting exactly what you asked for. Happy Trails!
(Photo: 01/13/16. KUSA)
Though on the one hand it pains me to post this video because it’s via Alex Jones, who’s — well, not to put too fine a point on it — a lunatic — on the other hand it’s hilarious and entirely apt. So hey, credit where credit is due. Watch and enjoy. TSA: Now Hiring!
A recent tweet, brought to you by the brilliant minds of the TSA:
ADVISORY: #TSA RECOGNIZES PASSENGERS WHO MISS FLIGHTS DUE TO SECURITY LINES AS “MAKING HEROIC SACRIFICE FOR FREEDOM.”
There you have it — you’re making a heroic sacrifice for freedom!
Don’t you feel better already?
(Okay, the tweet is technically satirical, but it reads exactly like something the TSA would say. They say stupid shit all the time. Read on.)
This tweet was in response to the fact that thousands of people all over the country are missing their flights because the security lines are so long. But hey, all you have to do is arrive earlier. Then, when you’re all massed together at the checkpoint like sitting ducks, you can feel secure that if a bomb goes off there, the dead won’t be as dead as if it goes off on a plane, because — well, logic!
Keep flying, people. Keep rewarding the airlines and keep putting up with this abuse. After all, what do you have to lose?
Susan Richart has posted new updates to the page @AskTSA. Click the link here or go to the upper righthand corner of the page, to the Menu bar.
Instead, you can just enjoy this great graphic designed by TSA News reader Mark Elliot of Better Bike, who used his creativity and a little Photoshop to put it together. Thanks, Mark!
The bomb attacks in Belgium today — three of them, two at different locations in the airport and one in the subway — present in high relief yet more proof of what we’ve been pointing out for five years now at this blog: the TSA is a charade. The TSA does not and cannot and will never prevent terror attacks. All the pre-boarding bullying, harassing, scanning, and groping doesn’t make a damn bit of difference, because — duh — people can set off bombs anywhere, not just on a plane.
From the Tribune wire reports:
Witnesses told The Associated Press that one occurred at an excess baggage payment counter and the other near a Starbucks cafe.
Hello?? Excess baggage payment counter. Starbucks cafe. In the airport. Not on a plane.
And the subway explosions happened in, er, the subway. Not on a plane.
Even the most credulous, unthinking TSA apologists can see those facts. I don’t believe it’ll make any difference — in fact, I know it won’t. But at least the rest of us can see what’s right in front of our faces even if they refuse to.
The TSA isn’t protecting you from anything. If you think it is, the kindest thing I can say about you is that you’re deluded. Willfully deluded. But I’ve been at this long enough to know that denial is one of humankind’s most cherished behaviors.
(Photo: Jef Versele via Yahoo News)
Cross-posted at ABombazine
Fellow crusader in the struggle James Bovard, about whom we’ve written before, has a new op-ed about the TSA in USA Today. Though he doesn’t link directly to TSA News, he does cover in a cogent, comprehensive fashion a lot of the same ground we’ve covered here over the years.
The title of the op-ed is “My too intimate relations with the TSA.”
Since USA Today accepts only Facebook comments, you can’t leave a comment unless you’re on FB. That counts me out. But I’d just say the same things I’ve been saying for years: the TSA is an out-of-control, criminal agency that abuses people with impunity. But apparently people are okay with being abused because they keep flying. We’re set to break all flying records this summer. I don’t believe things will change in my lifetime.
Oh, and one more thing, though we’ve repeated it countless times already: never, ever go into a private room with these people. They can’t force you to do that. Insist that they perform their abusive grope in public. As Susan Richart keeps reminding us, administrative searches — which is what by law the TSA is supposed to be doing, that and nothing more — have very strict guidelines:
“Moreover, the possibility for abuse is minimized by the public nature of the search. Unlike searches conducted on dark and lonely streets at night where often the officer and the subject are the only witnesses, these searches are made under supervision and not far from the scrutiny of the traveling public.”
See United States v. Skipwith, 482 F.2d 1272, 1275
(5th Cir. 1973).