Okay, the weekend is past…did anyone fly?

Normally at this time of year I’m realizing that I haven’t yet bought my plane tickets to go back East to visit my folks at Christmas.

This year I find I don’t even want to fly.  The horror stories about the new TSA rules and things that happen to people who choose not to walk through the full-body x-ray machine–whether because of personal dignity or concern about how safe this skin-penetrating radiation really is–are enough to put me off it completely. If it were just me, I’d probably suck it up and just go…but I don’t want to put my kids through either the machine or the full-body pat-down. Hell, if we’re trying so hard to make sure they know that no adult should ever touch them without their permission, how can we then take them through a security checkpoint and risk exactly that?

So I keep reading…I read about the breastfeeding mother who was detained more than an hour at the checkpoint, without explanation, missing her flight, by TSA agents refusing to even honor their own guidelines, which she’d brought with her. I read about the flight attendant cancer survivor who had to remove her prosthetic breast to show to the agent.  I read post after post about women who leave those checkpoints feeling violated and assaulted.  And I just don’t want to go.  I don’t like to fly anyway; this is enough to just make me decide I just don’t need to go anywhere if I can’t drive there.

So…did anyone fly anywhere this week? What was it like? Am I just succumbing to internet hype? Is it significantly different now?

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Posted on November 28, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I flew to St Louis on Thursday. It was nothing – no difference from before. Crowds were small, but so were TSA numbers. If there was anyone being hand searched or xrayed, I didn’t see it. Same scanners, very quick ID checks. A media frenzy and libertarian screamfest.

  2. I haven’t been on a plane in over 5 years. I try not to fly since it’s terrible for the environment and the TSA stuff just adds to my reasons not to fly.

  3. The rumors about TSA agents deliberately intimidating and humiliating people who refuse the full-body scanners is what gets me. And Annie over at PhDinParenting.com mentions Israel and their methods–I’ve been there twice, and while they thoroughly interrogate everyone who flies there, they do it well and they are WELL-TRAINED–what gets me about these TSA yahoos is that they don’t even know their own jobs and guidelines, it sounds like…

    I think I’ll still drive…

  4. And this is an interesting take:

    http://open.salon.com/blog/katekasserman/2010/11/24/interlude_a_full-body_scan_of_certain_tactics

    As interested as I am in power relationships and negotiation, I find her take fascinating…

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