I have been enjoying all this debate about the TSA scans and pat-downs.
"I know the people who are complaining…"
Wait a minute and I will tell you…
For my Mother and other sensible people, TSA is TMI, you truly do not need to know what TSA means, it is just idle knowledge, it is a USA thing.
TSA --- Transportation Security Administration
TMI --- Too Much Information
TSA is the USA government organization that is in charge of the scanning machines and pat downs in the airports in (ONLY) the USA. Truly means nothing to an international traveler, it is some USA thingy. TSA
Lome, Togo West Africa --- Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Four out of five people do not care if they scan, pat, touch or check for dangerous personal items.
What do I do in airport lines? I try to behave like a good pet.
Who is the one in five who is complaining about the TSA?
Descartes called them the Rabble, I know you can find them on Facebook.
People Who Wear Belts Should not Fly
I go to the airport, and I hand my passport to a person --- before they ask, because I know the routine, it is a rerun.
I wait for the airline person to hand me back my passport, I check my baggage tags and I wait for him or her to say,
"The gate number."
--- It is a rerun, I have seen the show before, I am a player.
--- I also ask, "Is their airport tax?"
I then proceed to exchange my last amount of foreign currency, because once I go through the scanner there may not be an exchange desk on the other side. I sometimes ask, is there food on the other side of that scanner thingy?
I walk up to the scanner line, while in line I start to remove all my coins, keys, and other items from my pockets, and put in my day bag. I do not wait until I am standing in front of the machine, this is rerun, I know the game.
I try to ask,
"Do you want me to remove the computer?"
"I check on the shoe thing, not all airports require me walk around in my socks on their dirty floors."
There is always this big fat man in a suit; he is disguised as a businessperson. He is walking through the scanner in front of me….
--- He walks up, it rings, and he backs up and to check his pockets.
Three times later, this truly clueless person is through the scanner.
I want to scream at him:
"Hey idiot is this the first time here, remove your belt." This is the person who is complaining about the TSA.
I walk up to the scan area; I wink at the woman on the other side, do a fake left, and then bounce through. I raise my hands in celebration; I have won the "Airport Olympics."
How to win? Never set off that scanner alarm.
How to lose? Set off the alarm.
When I walk through, and the thingy does not make a noise, I look over at the TSA person and say,
"I am experienced."
I wrote this mainly as a soap opera type of joke, because to me this debate is the same as watching a soap opera. The TSA issue makes people scream, argue and emotions rage, and it continues and continues, nothing truly new happens.
The enjoyment of a soap opera is watching a never-ending argument or situation.
What is the intention of the USA government?
The government has no desire to annoy people in the airport, and if they are successful there will be no bombs on planes. All the people will scream and holler and be annoyed about the security, which is a lot better option than a bomb on a plane. If they succeed, all they will receive is complaints.
I just do not feel good complaining about people who are trying to protect me.
On the flight out of the USA the TSA cut my lock off my bag, I went and purchased another lock.
Do I trust the government of the USA? Life is a weighted question, I trust the USA government more than any of the other 88 countries I have visited.
I could complain here in Togo, but maybe they shoot me.
I have one 3 meter long 14 gauge extension cord, all my equipment plugs into the long set of plugs. I have to type of adapters, and a special universal one that I made that means I never need to buy anything. The universal adapter is easy, two copper wires you push into the outlet, work much better than others ones that can be sloppy.
Much more appropriate than TSA where a person just obeys until the allow you to enter.
Andy, I usually agree with you but you may want to wait until you go through their new proceedure. This is apparently not the tradtional pat down but involve serious groping of sexual organs. It is causing a lot of noise on American media and rather serious protests here. There is a difference between a government genuinely trying to protect me and one that is desparate to show something to the voters in order to retain it's power. Count me among the "rable."