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The Future of Air Travel

We're moving rapidly toward this, after the over-reaction to the guy who set fire to his pants.

America is a free country. Except at its airports.



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Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Good video
Rick Mercer is classic! Glad I don't travel to the US often :)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)

Thank you for sharing this XD
Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
That video is somewhere between hilarious and infuriating

I will say that the video that was there three minutes ago was a bit funnier, if only for irony
Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ah ha ha ha! I love Rick Mercer, and it amuses me to see you post one of his clips.

On the other hand, I flew home from Canada to the US a few weeks ago, and my experience wasn't far off this. Strangely, my rage and frustration made me think of you and your related rants :V
Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
The sad part is, half of the "new travel regulations" were already in place for people on the watch list...which was lacking in the firey pants dude but includes pretty much anyone with a Middle Eastern last name or who became a US citizen after school age. I actually would not be surprised at all if I get hosed down and strip searched trying to fly back to the states again when I graduate.

On the plus side, since I was looking up stuff on the HBO filming just before this, I now have a highly amusing mental image of Gregor Clegane responding to the security in this video. I don't think there are words for how enjoyable that mental image is.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Ho Canaduh
I love having a Conservative government managing our country!! It makes for some pretty funny satires. And Rick can be a pretty good «satirician» on his day (has illustrated best in the movie Bon cop, bad cop).
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Re: Ho Canaduh
They aren't really managing anything right now. XD
Re: Ho Canaduh - murph05 - Jan. 24th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ho Canaduh - grrm - Jan. 25th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ho Canaduh - decarlso2000 - Jan. 25th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ho Canaduh - sethb - Jan. 25th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ho Canaduh - murph05 - Jan. 25th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ho Canaduh - mathiou - Jan. 24th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Free? The First Amendment has been sold to corporate "speech".
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Supreme Court Decision
This doesn't really bother me.

The only way corporations being allowed to spend lots of money will matter is if people really are dumb enough to believe whatever they see on a campaign ad.

If we really are that dumb (collectively speaking) then we've already lost.

Maybe it should bother me...
Re: Supreme Court Decision - saxster - Jan. 24th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
it's for our own good
But this is only to keep us safe! :rolleyes:

Last time I flew to Kansas City, the TSA guy said "you may need to take off your shoes" (this was before everyone had to take off their shoes).

I told him, "no it'll be ok, they didn't set off the detector on the way in". I had already removed my belt, so I walked on through.

He then pulled me aside and said, "since you refused my order, you now have to submit to a full body search".

What an a$$hole. When does this end?

I guess this is so that our leaders can appear to be doing something. The only thing it's doing is pissing me off.

I hate that I actually have to argue with people about how this doesn't actually make us any safer. Most people just submit to this stuff like sheep, under the guise of safety. I tell you, it infuriates me every time I go to an airport. My wife has to calm me down (she's worried I'll get myself arrested - and I probably would)

hell, my brother flew last year after the ban with a Camel Pack full of 3L of water. He gets thirsty on planes. It could just have easily been bomb making materials, though...

I can't wait for the full cavity searches.

Let's all fly naked in protest!

/end rant


Jan. 25th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: it's for our own good
It clearly does make us safer. Think about it like this...if they didn't have bank vaults and instead kept all your money in a basket by the door that wasn't monitored by security cameras or guards, do you think there would be more bank robberies? Or should they not use bank vaults at all because they are not flawless (there have been plenty of bank vault robberies over the years).
Re: it's for our own good - sethb - Jan. 25th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
hehe gotta love Rick Mercer
Jan. 24th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
oh that is just excellent! *laughs*

I'm suddenly glad to be in Europe. And I've never taken the plane in my whole life, but watching this, I'm not enclined at all to come to America, country of all liberties...

Jan. 24th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Fancy seeing you here ;)
Security inside Europe is pretty tight too now. But so far I've only met really nice customs people. I must admit all this keeps me from visiting my friends in the US, better not risk it.
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I didn't know America was a country. I thought it was a continent or two.
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
United States of a Continent or Two.
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
I flew home the week after the panty bomb incident and security wasn't too far from what you see in the video. The sad part is, none of the stuff they do had any thing to do with how the guy (who was on the do not fly list) was able to smuggle the bomb on board. Its all just show to make us feel safer.
Jan. 24th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
He was not on the no-fly list for the US, although he was on the British version.
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Do what I do. I refuse to enter the damn scanners.
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Then you get the anal probes.
(no subject) - saxster - Jan. 24th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Hmmm... - saxcriminal - Jan. 25th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Ah Rick Mercer... because there's truth under the humour. I love his satires on Canadian politics.
Jan. 24th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I adore Rick Mercer.

My dad recently flew to Vancouver and his airport experience wasn't too far off of this. With the upcoming Olympics the scanners had been turned up to full sensitivity, and even his wedding ring was going off! At this rate, we'll soon be showing up at the airport with our clothes in clear plastic bags and dressing on the other side of security!
Jan. 24th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
doh_rae_me wrote:
"At this rate, we'll soon be showing up at the airport with our clothes in clear plastic bags and dressing on the other side of security!"

When I do that, they accuse me of "making a scene" and refuse to let me fly. Oh, the irony!
Jan. 24th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
Hilarious and painful.

If you enjoyed this, you might like these TSA logos reflecting its new reality:



Security expert/guru/king Bruce Schneier explaining why all the security is completely unnecessary and counterproductive. There're deeper and more in depth explanations somewhere, but I can't be arsed to find them. Just know that if someone tells you this is A. necessary or B. helpful, they're selling you a load of bull.
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
hilarious video george
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Broad subject. I once commented on how this is also a conspiracy by nailclip manufacturers, it costs me a fortune everytime I forget one in my bag and have to buy a new one.

Doe anyone know what is the news on the writer who got badly mistreated by airport security? I can't remember his name offhand, but it was really worrying.
I also read more and more stories about items stolen from people's bags during searches.

Fight back with humour? What if we all decide that next time we get into trouble at airports we shout out "Winter Is Coming" ? But maybe this would mark our favourite author as a terrorist?
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I figure it is only a matter of time before everyone is just shipped via low berth.

Popsicles don't blow up planes. Though you might not be able to pack them in as tightly as they do now... and there is no profit stream from selling drinks, food, trips to the toilet, etc.
Jan. 24th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
And pulling the "rest of the world" down that spiral with you. I do not like it.
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
In January 2002, I was rather rudely searched at London Heathrow... traveling on NATO orders with a US Military ID. Who, exactly, are the bad guys in this whole equation, I ask you? I would argue that it's the universal human tendency toward knee-jerk reactions. It's not just the US.
Jan. 24th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
What's really amusing is...
... how many of you are alarmed by this rather than amused by the parody this short intends.

Do additional searches discomfort you during your 'God-given right to comfy travel'?


My view is they can search all they want. I think I'd rather show up an hour early in support of my God-given right to not die when my flaming Jet Blue 'comfort coach' impacts the earth.
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: What's really amusing is...
The searches don't prevent crashes. They don't stop anything. They don't catch terrorists. It's all useless PR. Note that the latest guy, the one who set his pants on fire, breezed through despite being on the No Fly list.
Re: What's really amusing is... - nycfalcon - Jan. 27th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 25th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
America is still free. You don't like it, don't fly...
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: Please....
You need a better grasp on the concept of freedom.

Authoritarians have been saying stuff like that for ages.
Re: Please.... - thewatcherseye - Jan. 25th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Please.... - decarlso2000 - Jan. 26th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Don't ever request a body cavity search. They do not think that is funny...
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'll have to see if I can find the video. A German TV show tested the "nude" scanners.

Caught the reporter's cell phone and swiss army knife. But not the bomb components he was carrying as well.
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