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Old 12-30-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I have not flown since 2000, so I do not know what the new safety checks are like, but watching the news, I don't even wanna find out. Is it worth the hassle for the casual flyer? Yes, sometimes driving is unavoidable, but it looks like way too much of a hassle to fly. I am betting that soon you will have to strip naked, put on a gown and fly in that, with your hands on the armrests at all times.
It's quite an easy process.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Do we have choice, between going through the X-ray and going through the "secondary inspection"?
Why would you want to ask for a patdown when all you have to do is to walk through an x-ray machine? In my case. every time through security, I have to remove everything from all of my pockets and be patted down from head to toe and the bottoms of my feet.

Still, it sure beats driving or sitting through the never ending delays of Amtrak out of Chicago.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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DH has a metal hip and has to get wanded every time we go through security. We've just learned to get to the airport early and we know the drill, so it's not inconvenient. Besides, I would much rather have the added security measures than be vulnerable to attacks. It seems like most of the passengers have adapted and know what to expect.
One hint.

Travel with a pillow case and use that to place all of the stuff you take out of your pockets. It makes it a lot easier to keep everything together.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:41 PM
 
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Why would you want to ask for a patdown when all you have to do is to walk through an x-ray machine? In my case. every time through security, I have to remove everything from all of my pockets and be patted down from head to toe and the bottoms of my feet.

Still, it sure beats driving or sitting through the never ending delays of Amtrak out of Chicago.
If you travel a lot, you would get overdose of X-ray radiation. Patdown is not too bad, and I would like to hide some animal under my clothes that will attack the officer.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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It is not worth the aggravation and hassles. It is a mad house at the airports and is only going to get worse. You have no control over your life once you walk into the terminal. Keep your sanity. Casual travelers should avoid air travel at all cost!

For families with children, it is a diservice to you children to force them into a flying cigar. Why are you abusing them by making them go though the trauma of airport security? Bad parents! They need to experience the world so take the bus, train, or boat.

If you do not travel often, you will not believe the hell you are entering. This is not the Pan Am Clipper service with smiley girls and sophisticated passengers. It is a smelly, virus filled, sardine can. Stay away! Be afraid. BE VERY AFRAID!

Think about it all you FFs,

No casual travelers = no delay at ID check while traveler walk up to TSA and only then start looking for their ID in their stuff with 2 screaming kids in tow.

No casual traveler = no more What part of big sign saying put all strollers, bags, and metal on conveyer don't you understand!

No casual travelers = no more standing there as traveler looks dumb founded when told to remove their big cowboy hat, belt buckle the size a pickup, or those tire chains they call jewelry from their necks before going through the metal detectors.

No casual travelers = no more having to run the gauntlet of passengers who walk slowly through terminal actually looking at the art on display.

No casual traveler = no more clog at gate counter while person ask attendant who is standing under big sign that say Gate 10, Whoopie Airline, Flight 101, For New York JFK, Departing at 11:30 am, if this is gate 10? Is this flight 101 for New York? Is that NY's JFK? What time does it depart?

No casual travelers = no more standing in the aisle as passengers ask each other, sweetie do you want the window or aisle? Oh i don't know which do you want? I don't care you pick. You may like the window. But I don't want you not to have the window. You take the window now and we can switch later on. Is that O.K. with you?

No casual traveler = No more having to push the two passengers who can't make up their mind into the seats and plow over them to get the flow going.

No casual traveler = no more have to hear does anyone have change of a $100 over intercom as traveler buy $5 bag of chips.

Now don't get me started!


Hahaha - thanks!

I'm a FF - but I'm not a happy flier. I'll not block the aisle; I'll be one of the last on and I'm one of the last off the plane cuz I move slow (I'm old); I pee in the terminal. I have all my documents handy but if the TSA person speaks to me, I won't know it cuz I'm nearly deaf and that causes all kinds of problems - they just aren't trained to deal with people not hearing or understanding their mumbles. And the best part is the flight itself - cuz, while I fly 10 times a year or more, I'm PETRIFIED of flying! One little bit of lumpy air and I'm done in. Go ahead and laugh, I laugh at myself too - once I'm on terra firma.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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It is not worth the aggravation and hassles. It is a mad house at the airports and is only going to get worse. You have no control over your life once you walk into the terminal. Keep your sanity. Casual travelers should avoid air travel at all cost!

For families with children, it is a diservice to you children to force them into a flying cigar. Why are you abusing them by making them go though the trauma of airport security? Bad parents! They need to experience the world so take the bus, train, or boat.

If you do not travel often, you will not believe the hell you are entering. This is not the Pan Am Clipper service with smiley girls and sophisticated passengers. It is a smelly, virus filled, sardine can. Stay away! Be afraid. BE VERY AFRAID!

Think about it all you FFs,

No casual travelers = no delay at ID check while traveler walk up to TSA and only then start looking for their ID in their stuff with 2 screaming kids in tow.

No casual traveler = no more What part of big sign saying put all strollers, bags, and metal on conveyer don't you understand!

No casual travelers = no more standing there as traveler looks dumb founded when told to remove their big cowboy hat, belt buckle the size a pickup, or those tire chains they call jewelry from their necks before going through the metal detectors.

No casual travelers = no more having to run the gauntlet of passengers who walk slowly through terminal actually looking at the art on display.

No casual traveler = no more clog at gate counter while person ask attendant who is standing under big sign that say Gate 10, Whoopie Airline, Flight 101, For New York JFK, Departing at 11:30 am, if this is gate 10? Is this flight 101 for New York? Is that NY's JFK? What time does it depart?

No casual travelers = no more standing in the aisle as passengers ask each other, sweetie do you want the window or aisle? Oh i don't know which do you want? I don't care you pick. You may like the window. But I don't want you not to have the window. You take the window now and we can switch later on. Is that O.K. with you?

No casual traveler = No more having to push the two passengers who can't make up their mind into the seats and plow over them to get the flow going.

No casual traveler = no more have to hear does anyone have change of a $100 over intercom as traveler buy $5 bag of chips.

Now don't get me started!
Yes, let's just bring the barely-recovering economy to an absolute, grinding halt, why don't we?

Thanks, but no.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: middle of everywhere
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I have to admit, PacificFlight's post was hilarious.
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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If you travel a lot, you would get overdose of X-ray radiation.
No, you won't. Passengers walk through metal detectors, not X-ray machines. Big difference.

Your bags go through the X-ray machine.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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Is it worth the hassle for the casual flyer?
Sure it is. A few extra minutes of hassle/inconvenience are not going to stop people from flying off to a sunny island for an exotic vacation with their sweetheart, it's going to prevent fans from going to see their favorite team play in the big game, nor will it prevent families from sharing precious time with mom/grandpa/aunt gladys over the holidays. These journeys bring may hours or days of pleasure...a moment or two of inconvenience or annoyance is not going to prevent people from enjoying some of the happiest and/or memorable times in their life.

Flying in and of itself is simply human transportation. But such transport is about bring bringing people and/or places together, and these things matter a very great deal on a personal level.
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