‘Not Gonna Fly This Time’

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Writes Eli Cryderman:

I have to travel from Chicago to Wichita in a few weeks and have opted to drive the ~10 hrs rather than deal with airports and airport parking loots lots, TSA mouth-breathing goons, irradiating porno-scanners, etc.  Wichita doesn’t have many direct flights, so the time savings of flying are virtually nil when considering you have to drive to the airport, arrive early to give plenty of violation time and change planes.  The 1,500-mile round trip, at a conservatively estimated 25mpg and $3/gallon of gas will cost $180; the same as a one-way flight would cost.  When I told the woman who makes our travel arrangements that I was going to drive for the aforementioned reasons, she replied “You are not alone,” and that she’s already chosen to do the same with her traveling.

I optimistically wonder if the airline industry will suffer enough of a drop in revenue from people choosing other means of travel to avoid being treated like a criminal, that they would lobby for a change in how and by whom security is administered to their clientele?  The cynic in me says they’d use their lobbyists for bailouts instead.  No matter; my family and I will no longer fly through airports with porn-scanners* and will opt out of air travel completely when driving is a viable option (thank goodness my family is not on either coast!).

Please keep the heat up on this topic; I feel more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the TSA is a joke and needs to be abolished.
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*Q. Where are imaging technology machines located?
A. Currently, there are 259 advanced imaging technology machines located at 58 airports nationwide. Airports that have the technology include the following:

Airports who currently have imaging technology:
Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Boise Airport
Boston Logan International Airport
Bradley International Airport
Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Cleveland International Airport
Corpus Christi International Airport
Denver International Airport
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Detroit Metro Airport
El Paso International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Wayne International Airport
Fresno Air Terminal
Gerald R. Ford Grand Rapids International Airport
General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Harlingen/Valley International Airport
Harrisburg International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Indianapolis International Airport
Jacksonville International Airport
Kansas City International Airport
Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
Laredo International Airport
Lihue Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
McAllen Miller Airport
McCarran International Airport
Memphis International Airport
Miami International Airport
Mineta San José International Airport
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
Nashville International Airport
Oakland International Airport
Omaha Eppley Airfield Airport
Palm Beach International Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Pittsburgh International Airport
Port Columbus International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Richmond International Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Salt Lake City International Airport
San Francisco International Airport
San Jose International Airprot
Spokane International Airport
T. F. Green International Airport
Tampa International Airport
Tulsa International Airport

Airports receiving imaging technology soon:
Chicago Midway International Airport
Dulles International Airport
Greater Rochester International Airport
Honolulu International Airport
Houston William P. Hobby Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport
La Guardia International Airport
Orlando International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport
Saipan International Airport
San Antonio International Airport
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Q. Where else is advanced imaging technology used?
A. Domestic locations:
Colorado Springs Court House (CO)
Cook County Court House (IL)
Department of Corrections facility (PA)
Douglas County Colorado Justice Center
Montana State Prison
Utah State Correctional Facility

10:53 am on October 25, 2010