Banana Boat Steamlines – for Hassle-Free Travel!

I’m here trying to compose eloquent thoughts on certain recent occurrences. But as I hear/read developments, the reaction I can’t get past is, “Really?!?!”

There’s a terrorist attempt on a Northwestern flight as it approaches Detroit. Okay.
But Muslim extremists are determined to kill Americans??

“The attempt appeared to underscore the continuing determination of Muslim militants to kill Americans more than eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks.”

The New York Times, 12/26/09

REALLY?!?!

This is so preposterous, it’s almost laughable. Or at least, it *would* be laughable, if it wasn’t ridiculously dramatic and extreme thought patterns that add fuel to the bigoted fires that get us into terroristic messes in the first place!! It seems to me that this is a manifestation of the continuing determination of certain American media houses to promulgate and monger on the fear of American people.

Clearly fingers are being pointed at airport security. How did this guy get onto the plane with these explosives? It’s especially puzzling considering that he is among those in the U.S.’s anti-terrorism database, and his own father apparently previously spoke to American officials about his extremism. Hmmm. Interesting.
But now, because he chose the last hour of the flight to pull this stunt, I can’t go to the bathroom or lay my blanket across my lap during the last hour??

“But several airlines released detailed information about the restrictions, saying that passengers on international flights coming to the United States will apparently have to remain in their seats for the last hour of a flight without any personal items on their laps.”

The New York Times, 12/26/09

REALLY?!?!

Yeah, folks. That’s REALLY gonna stop ’em. Because if I’m determined to kill Americans, I’ll only try to blow them up in the last hour, I’d never detonate a bomb in the middle of the flight. And I’d always only hide what I’m doing under a blanket in my lap. Let’s think about this. After that shoe-bomber guy, we now have to take our shoes off. That didn’t stop this guy, he clearly just found his own method. How about working on making security procedures consistent?? How about fitting all security checkpoints with the scanners already in use that would have detected the stuff strapped to his leg?? How about the fact that if people were doing the jobs they are already assigned to do the way they have been assigned to do them, this would never have happened. But now, my already annoying travel experience is now that much more cumbersome.

PLUS, they’re saying that I’ll only be allowed ONE carry-on item, which will be searched at the security checkpoint, and AGAIN at boarding.

REALLY?!?!

Is anybody noticing how NONE of these things can prevent the determined if security technology remains as haphazard in use as it is currently?? And if security officials  continue to slack off??

Let’s just quit fighting, the t********s have won – fear has triumphed over common sense, anxiety has conquered reason. I’ll be taking a banana boat next time I go to Barbados.

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