It’s a hard row to hoe. I DO indeed want to be protected from terrorism on a plane, but these minimum wage kings and queens at the screening points are going way, way, way, over the top. That’s probably because they want to cover their butts and keep their jobs if a supervisor is watching.
Back in 2003, my wife and I were on a flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, with a brief layover in Detroit.
Well, when we got to Detroit, we were pulled out of the screening line and had to do the “take off your shoes” dance.
I am severely handicapped and had a hard time even placing my feet in those yellow outlines of a foot . . . never mind bending over and undoing my laces.
After several unsuccessful tries to just place my feet in those outlines, I figured the TSA person would recognize that I certainly didn’t have the coordination to overpower a flight attendant even, much less board the plane without stumbling down the gangway.
But nooooooo! The moron just watched, didn’t move, and remained silent. I was tempted to say, “Do you think I’m a terrorist?”, but kept my mouth shut because I was sure if I said that they would put the bracelets on me and carry me off to the graybar hotel . . . and I didn’t want to risk missing my daughters wedding in Philadelphia.
Perhaps overly cautious there, and it wasn’t the action of the TSA morons I was so worried about, it was missing my daughters wedding because these fools couldn’t apply common sense.
My wife is overweight and matronly looking. So I was also tempted to say, “Do you think she’s a terrorist?” But I didn’t for the same reason as above.
As it was, we had to sling our carry-on over our shoulder and rush to make our connecting flight. Barely made it, and were two pale and heavy breathing old souls plopping down in cramped coach seats.
Haven’t traveled the airways since then, so I don’t know what, if any, changes have been made in the past decade or if those changes have made things better or worse.
We did arrive at LA with plenty of time to spare, so it wasn’t the origin that was the problem, it was that layover and the connecting flight that was the problem.
Anyway, that was my one contact with the TSA, and it was a poor impression.