Salon had a wildly hyperbolic, and frankly stupid, story recently that takes one man’s experience being delayed in Mexico because of the cancelled flights and spins it into some civil liberties and financial termoil. I would be shocked except for the fact that the story is at Salon, where aparently one person being inconvienced in an effort save thousands of lives is a golden oportunity to go libertarian.
Listen, we all hate waiting and lines, having a nice shower in the morning or having to carry our friends bagsbut get over yourself! It’s not about you, it’s about the fact that thousand of people could be killed!
Frankly, I’m disgusted by airline security. The last time I went from Long Beach to New York on jetBlue the woman manning the screening machine was so busy chatting with her friend that she didn’t look at my bags as they went byand this was on the secondary screening line! During the high state of alert! Then, as if this wasn’t bad enough, the guy who had to look through my three bags basically opened them, looked into the top and closed them. The airport was empty! There was no one behind me on line and there were about eight agents and me in the little room.
Frankly, I wish they emptied my bag and everyone else’s each and every time I flew. Then again, I was in New York on September 11th and my brother is a firefighter, so I’m a little closer to 9/11 then the average person.
Airline security is *still* joke, and will remain so until we unfortunately start referring to two dates in history, 9/11 and the date of the second attack that took down even more planes and killed even more people. How many dates have to be burned into our collective sorrow before we take this seriously?!