8 Responses

  1. Faith
    Faith at |

    I really appreciate that you shared your thoughts. While I don’t agree with everything you said and I do agree with some of your feelings and respect those I don’t agree with. I’m glad you are flying today! My heart is sad today but also hopefully too for the future!
    Thanks again for sharing! Just wanted to let you know your thoughts were appreciated!

  2. AS
    AS at |

    Very well said!

  3. FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com
    FreeFrequentFlyerMiles.com at |

    “say your name out loud to pass through security”

    I think this particular criticism is misinformed. After saying my name out loud to a TSA agent, I asked him if in his experience anyone was unable to do this. He said it is not a correct answer he was looking for (though an incorrect one would certainly raise flags). Instead, it was seeing if the passenger tried to look at the I.D. document before answering it. He said this happens regularly. I think you might agree that a passenger having difficulty remembering the name on his I.D. should indeed be subject to additional inspection This is exactly what they do in such a case.

    — Gary Steiger

  4. Rick O'Brien
    Rick O'Brien at |

    It is sad to say but your comment “a pervasive threat of unspecified and likely unrealistic threats” reveals a disdain for the current threats that we face. Bombs on buses, bombs on trains, car bombings in Times Square, bombings in tunnels and subways, dirty bombs in NYC or DC are “likely unrealistic” is a dangerous and naive way to look at what we face.
    Why?
    Because each of those has either happened or been attempted. Oh wait, I left out someone planting explosives in their underwear of the soles of their shoes. Sorry pal, but you need to wake up to the reality of the post 9-11-01 world, even 10 years later. Lamenting the growth of a security structure designed to protect you and keep you safe? I am certain that those (almost) 3,000 people in NYC, DC and PA may have felt the same way as you did on that morning. I am positive that they do not feel that way anymore.
    So, enjoy your flight knowing that there are TENS of thousands of people who are willingly putting themselves in harms way to make sure you enjoy your trips to Alaska and Hawaii. There are even thousands of people who are going to do unspeakable harms to other (guilty or enemy) people in your name.
    So please, go enjoy your trip, and whine about it. Or just shut up as people better than you stand watch on a wall while you bitch in the sun or snow.
    Grow up. Please.

  5. Petri
    Petri at |

    Well written.

    From an European perspective, we have barely touched the US soil in the last 10 years but we have spent a lot of time in the air elsewhere in the world and enjoyed the experience. No intrusive security checks, no taking shoes off, staff waiving your water bottle through. Flying can still be fun.

    “Post 9-11-01” may be a valid term for the US but most people tend to forget that terrorism didn’t start that day. Europe has had fare share of it before that. I remember flying to the US for the first time in the early 90’s and wondering if I had landed to an airport or a public bus station.

    Condolences to all people who have lost family, friends or relatives. We’re fortunate that the life still goes on and the sun will raise every morning. The best thing one can do is to focus on today and tomorrow.

  6. Rob
    Rob at |

    Great reading!

  7. Ken in Phx
    Ken in Phx at |

    +1. And Boo to the Rick the anti civil libery poster. So many discussion points to defeat him. Although my quick response is “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”