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Friday, November 26, 2010
I'm not sure what to think about this latest mess with TSA, but I will tell you that I have no intention of walking through a scanner that shows me naked or even near-naked to some stranger. Mel just told me about an airline employee who was suspended for decking a superior officer. Do you know why? Because these employees were required to walk through this new scanner when they first got them. The superior officer teased this employee for some time afterward about the physical attributes beneath his clothing. I can't say that I blame the employee.

So if we need to travel any time soon--or at all, ever again, if the laws aren't changed--our car had better be in good shape, and we'd better plan for a longer trip.

Yes, I know the highways are not as safe as the flyways, but I already hate flying. From what I understand, the new steps being taken with these new x-ray devices would not have stopped any of the terrorist attacks. All they do is make it harder not only for the airlines to stay in the black, but they set up many innocent travelers for increased harassment. It also sets up airline personnel for increased harassment, not only from TSA, but from angry and embarrassed travelers who blame the wrong people.

Plan to fly this holiday season? Brace yourself, and pray you don't get stuck giving a peep show to a stranger.

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Hannah Alexander  
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At 2:27 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

What drives me nuts is when our country goes crazy and initiates laws that have no proof they work. Yet if a Muslim extremist is flying with no luggage, only the Koran in his hands and he's from the Middle East, THAT is racist. Is it me or is that just stupid? That was the shoe bomber, who I hate most of all because now I have to wear slip ons to travel. With my balance issues undressing and bringing a compute does not sit well with me.

I fly alone most of the time, and I'm dark, so I always get pulled aside and felt up. Drives me NUTS. But I most hate taking off my belt and my shoes and basically undressing for the purpose of "safety". It irritates me because bombers will just find a new way, and how many lives have we saved not being allowed to bring on toothpaste? And how is the water I buy AFTER i go thru security any less volatile for bomb-making than the water I bring from home? It's insanity, pure and simple.

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

You said it, Kris. The people who make these rules need to be tested for IQ and logic before they get their jobs. Also, congress should be forced to abide by the same rules--and be searched--as the rest of us. I think it's unconstitutional for the lawmakers to NOT have to abide by the laws they make, whether it be taxes or strip-searching or medical care. But I'm not bitter...;-)

At 10:15 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

Well, I don't really care about the scanners. I go thru them in DTW (Detroit) and have never thought twice about it. The person who monitors the scan isn't sitting in front of me, and even if s/he was? I don't care. I gave birth in a hospital, so even the janitor has seen me naked. I've had my purse swabbed (for explosives? drugs? ) and carry-on thoroughly searched. Doesn't bother me. I've got bigger things to worry about. Better things to worry about. And I feel sorry for the poor security people who have to work the scanners...I had to hand one guy my used kleenex I had in my hand when I went into the scanner. LOL. I think he was a little grossed out.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger SandieP said...

I have not flown since the 70s, but my husband flies often for business. He says the airports he has flown through do not have the machines so he has not dealt with it. (New Orleans and Madison). Personally, I don't think I'd mind the x-ray machines though they did say they were not sure how this might affect frequent travelers with regard to radiation. I would not be pleased at a hands-on body search, however. The man who made fun of his co-worker is the one who should have been suspended or worse. That is despicable.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I agree that it's despicable, Sandie. I have a loved one who works for airport security, and I wouldn't want to see him harassed like that. As I read, there are only a few of these machines available in comparison to airport security, so it's likely, I hope, that the smaller airports won't receive these machines, especially considering the outcry against them.


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