The more the stories of “security” the past few days roll in, the more I feel like Glenn Beck. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you the tears, chalkboard, and “founding fathers” speech, but for the first time ever I’m really wondering whether flying is something I’ll want to do anymore in a couple of years. Some might argue the current measures are temporary, but then again I thought the liquid restrictions and shoe carnival would be as well, but they’re still around.
The first story of interest is yet another issue on the same Amsterdam to Detroit Northwest flight that caused this whole scare a couple of days ago. I only realized this was a story this afternoon, since up until that point I assumed they were still talking about the incident from a couple of days ago. This time around a passenger that was “described as a Nigerian” (not sure what the hell that means) was sick and locked himself in the bathroom for an hour. That caused the FBI to get involved. Poor guy!
The second story is truly ridiculous. A US Airways flight from Orlando to Phoenix was met by anti-terrorism authorities because of the suspicious activities of a couple of passengers. What did they do, you ask?
Transportation Security Administration officials said passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 192 from Orlando, Fla., on Saturday night reported that two men, described as Middle Eastern, were acting strangely and talking loudly to each other in a foreign language.
“Acting strangely?” And talking loudly? If talking loudly is a crime, I can think of several self-important businessmen that deserve to be detained. 😉
A nearby passenger also observed one of men watching what appeared to be footage of a suicide bombing, but was actually a scene from the 2007 movie “The Kingdom.”
I’m sorry, I just had to chuckle at that. Perhaps not the smartest thing to watch if you “look suspicious” (according to other passengers), but I can’t imagine they’d be watching that if they had bad intentions.
The man also got up from his seat while the seat belt warning sign was still lit, FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said.
Given that pilots in the US love to keep it on forever, I can’t really blame the guy! When you’ve gotta go you’ve gotta go….
For once I’m scared to eff around at the airport! Not that I’d do anything outrageous otherwise, but I won’t be giving the TSA any lip, I won’t be thanking the TSA agents at the gate for protecting our country (this time around they might actually think I’m being serious), or anything else. And for once I actually support every passenger getting a pat down. Given the incompetent workforce protecting our airports, that’s the least they should be doing, in my opinion, instead of standing around discussing Dancing with the Stars, football, or New Moon. Of course I’ll still ask them to change their gloves if they so much as want to touch my bag. 😉