have the increasingly complex and invasive airport regulations forced you to cut back or stop traveling by airplane?

  • rnch

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    Feb 17, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    i understand the reasoning behind all the airport searches/scans/restrictions; but find them darn irritating and personally invasive.

    if i can't drive there; i'm not going there.
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
    rnch saidif i can't drive there; i'm not going there.

    That'll show 'em, by cracky!

    Personally, I prefer not to be blown to bits in mid air. Funny quirk I have. Nothing really. Shouldnt have mentioned it. Nevermind.
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    Yes it has for me.. I don't care for flying anyways unless I absolutely have to and now with all this other stuff no thanks. I'm glad I got a lot of travelling in years and years ago when it was civil and semi-luxurious so I don't feel that I'm missing too much now. I'm actually toying with the idea of a trip to Europe on the QM2 from NY
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    I do look for alternatives to plane flights now, even if it means longer car trips or yucky Amtrak travel. Several of my airport experiences since 9/11 have been quite unpleasant, like when TSA thought I was carrying a bomb, because the nitro from my heart tablets got onto my fingers and caused an alert. Here I have a weak heart, and suddenly I'm being hustled away none too gently by a squad of men at drawn gunpoint.

    They finally realized their error, and I certainly liked the idea that bomb-sniffing equipment is so sensitive. Until I began to realize that terrorists could also exploit this opening, and carry prescribed nitro tablets, even when explosive nitro is also on their persons. And these other devices hidden as undetectable liquids, to be later mixed while in the air, as has been done several times now, makes me wonder just how safe flying is.

    So I'll hit the road, thank you. And with lengthy airport security delays, the time saved by flying over driving keeps increasing the length of the trip before a plane has any practical advantage over a car or train. Plus I can have my car there when I arrive.
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    jeeez, R V, what a heart-rendering experience!

    my purchase of a mint condition lincoln town car was ridiculed by some of my friends...but it's becoming a much sought after mode of long distance transportation.
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    rnch saidjeeez, R V, what a heart-rendering experience!

    Yeah, it was not long after that shoe bomber incident over the Atlantic, and that airport still had US Army soldiers there in uniform. I had locked and loaded M-16 rifles pointing at me!

    They were about to begin strip searching me in a secure room (about the only possible good that might have come out of the affair), when a security guard came up with my nitro tablet bottle, that I'd placed in one of those grey plastic tubs to pass my things through the X-ray scanner. Apparently this is a known issue with medical nitro, and everyone finally relaxed, and after they confirmed it really was my prescription, I was released. Even made my flight.

    I would characterize my treatment as "harsh" but not personally or unnecessarily abusive or injurious, the main issue for me the emotional shock of it all. Did make me realize it's a good idea to carry verification for all your prescription meds with you, however, another little travel hassle we now have.
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    Feb 18, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    I hate the fact that the TSA has become a pseudo Gestapo organization. They can pretty much pick someone on a whim and give him/her the shake-down. I've heard way too many stories of the TSA confiscating laptops, cameras, and ipods because they suspect that you might be harboring information related to terrorism. And then there's this recent story..

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    Feb 18, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Being an Aussie living on the Island Oz, I have to say no. But I recall the last time a was to fly to Hawai'i, the moment we where in the air,we come under American law, and this was very restricting, on your movements. But........... flying home to Oz, I was back under Aussie law, and it was much more relaxed.
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    Feb 18, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    Yes. Any trip that's less than a thousand miles is at least as fast just to drive, now. Also, to get to PDX in time to go through security, I have to leave home at midnight the night before, so any trip is an overnighter anyway. Might as well leave in the day time and made a couple of fun stops along the way.
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    Feb 18, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Absofreakinglutely YES!

    I hate it so much now that the trip has to be absolutely necessary
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    Feb 18, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    rnch saidi understand the reasoning behind all the airport searches/scans/restrictions; but find them darn irritating and personally invasive.
    if i can't drive there; i'm not going there.

    rnch, you're overlooking a problem facing anyone wanting to visit your hometown. If you drive to New Orleans, you'll have to drive back.
    Airport security is nothing compared to the vexation of having to pull yourself together and drive after a few days and nights of the local hospitality.
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    Feb 18, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE flying. It's only a couple more minutes through security.

    Although, one time this lady thought my huge luggage bag was a bomb. That was hilarious.

    I hate car trips and no way am I taking Greyhound thousands of miles.
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    Feb 18, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    airport security
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    Feb 18, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    sexylatinboi saidI don't know about you guys, but I LOVE flying. It's only a couple more minutes through security.

    German security was real fun! ... yum ... I went thru 3 times ... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    I honestly have no issue with it after living in Israel, where I narrowly missed a terror attack. Americans need to accept that to live in freedom and security, one has to give up some privacy so that everybody is safe.
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    Feb 18, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    Now this is sad..
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/84368492.html