Monthly Archives: February 2012

Why I Love the State of Alaska

Last year there was an Alaska State lawmaker that got “randomly selected” to be porno-groped while going through security.  And when I say porno-grope, I mean it.  I’ve gotten farther with TSA agents than with some dates I’ve had.

But I digress.

Representative Sharon Cissna of Anchorage has sponsored at least 4 bills with the TSA in her sights.  One of them is radiation warnings (because we know that the backscatter radiation – by the TSA’s own admission – causes about a dozen cases of cancer per year), but the biggest one is one that will criminalize any invasive patdown done in the name of the TSA.  Cissna, a breast cancer survivor, knows what it’s like to have her life choices taken out of her hands – and the TSA does that on a regular basis.

My favorite quote of hers is:

“Those aren’t pat-downs,” Cissna said of TSA procedures. “It was a feel-up. I did not experience a pat-down”

And this is after 2 pat-downs in a few months.  Personally I have to go through them twice a week in order to bypass the cancer causing porno machines.  And I totally support her fight to get Alaskan airports to give the TSA requirements the boot!

Go get ’em, Sharon!

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Who wants to fly?

Okay, so yes, I’m a bit addicted to flying.  I’m a million miler (I hit 1 million miles flown in 2011), and yes – I fly for work, and when I go on vacation, I get on a plane, too.

But there’s something that’s worrying me lately.  The Airbus A380 – probably the most talked about plane since the Wright Brothers took to the sky, and the Boeing 787 both have their issues.  And it’s making me happier that I’m flying the old reliable B737 for almost all of my flights.

First, the A380 had engine problems.  Like engines basically blowing up in flight.  Then come the  reports about the “really not important cracks in the wings” (but they did say that if they weren’t treated, that it could “cause structural integrity of the airplane.  DUH!).  And now there’s a delaminating problem on the B787.  What’s delaminating, you ask?  It’s where the pieces of carbon fiber that have been laminated together come unlaminated.  Ummm, isn’t that kinda like wing cracks?

Whatever…  Right now, I’m kinda happy to be flying the B737.  They’re not called the workhorse of the sky for nothing!

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TSA Run-in, Anyone?

So you know that I’ve been pretty snarky when it comes to run-ins with the TSA.  Sometimes the agents surprise me and are just as wary of the scanners, or start up with a joke, so it’s good.  But more often than should be, they’re angry, bitter people.  When I said I didn’t respect the body scanners, one agent put his hands on his hips and said, “Well then why don’t you write a letter to your liberal president and tell him.”  Petulant, much?

Anyway, a few weeks ago I floated the idea of, then implemented a website where people can share their run-ins with the TSA.  Just yesterday I had a doozie in the Portland, Oregon airport and blogged about it over here.  And if you have a story you want to tell, you can as well.  We have a form over at TSANightmareStories.com that you can anonymously submit your own stories (click on this link) or you can just read through other stories the traveling public has been put through.

Join in!

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