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September 13, 2013

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Now that is fascinating. Another factor is that while you can amass information on millions from telephone and e-mail, it is a different matter when you have to deal with millions of actual human beings in airports.
I fly a lot, and actually have come to enjoy the safety rituals of the TSA. They are mostly pretty nice and even fun people, if you know how to play them right. Once they got rid of the stupid blue x-ray machines, realizing that it probably is not wise to bombard frequent flyers with radiation, I became quite cool with the whole setup.
The border people, however, are simply awful. Little people who get to boss everyone around.

I have seen TSA on their little power trip a few times. I think they should reduce them by about 95% and give the airport security back to the airlines.

I call the whole thing "Keeping the world safe from grandmothers!" I lost my good Positano cap in the Paris airport because the screening agent made me take it off (and of course I dropped it--not their fault, but still...), and the last time I flew to Chicago, they relieved me of my toothpaste because it was one more ounce than the allowed weight. I wear slip-ons now, but not boots, which I always preferred to wear on flights. glory. what a big todo with the boots. I know, I know.....somebody had a bomb thing in his boots. 'tweren't me!

Hattie--Frequent flyers get enough radiation from flying at altitude, don't they?

Ingineer--IMHO, there is no "right" answer. Having worked with federal and with airline workers (mostly engineers, I admit), I have more respect for the feds than for the airline folks. OTOH: I think we went 'way overboard following 9/11. The flying public (heck, the non-flying public) demanded it. Sometimes/often, we are our own worst enemies.

ME--It isn't just grandmothers. For the past 12 years, our daughter has been subjected to "extra" security measures. Who knows why? I've been asked to try out new technology (at La Guardia) and had to surrender a miniature pen knife that I had been carrying for years; but, the only time they hacked me off was when a TSA agent required me to remove my shirt. I was wearing a shell underneath; but, sheesh! No one wants to see, on a (then) 70-year-old, what gets exposed by removing an over-shirt. Now, I am a bit wiser. I completely button my over-shirt before standing on que for TSA.

Boots would be the best footwear for flying, I agree; but, the only slipons that I can get to fit my feet are slides - which, since I am always flying to volunteer duty on a disaster, are not allowed (and wouldn't be safe for flight, anyway!)

I understand the intent was noble with starting the TSA but it has exploded into a mess. If you tell the TSA screener that what you are wearing is a top and not a jacket they will most often not make you take it off. Unless you get the real power trip screener. My short red headed wife almost always get extra screening. She is the token little white girl so they can show that they are not profiling.

Ingineer--Did that. They were not disuaded from having me remove the shirt. I lived through it! ; ) (Maybe it's the red hair - or, at least, what is still red. As you can see in the photo, much of my hair was then silver. Slightly more so, now, nearly two years later.)

As to the radiation..no doubt. But it's my choice, at least.

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