August 11th, 2006
|03:39 am - The terrorists have won|
To my mind, after this latest set of restrictions, there's no point in trying to travel any more by plane -- it's just too much of a headache. Anyone who has to put electronics in checked baggage, like a laptop or a video camera, is just asking for it to be stolen, especially in those places in the world where you are no longer allowed to lock your checked bags.
I learned the hard way to travel with only what I could fit into a carry-on bag, given 3-4 hour delays for retrieving checked bags at certain airports I've passed through, if the bag even arrives at all or isn't stolen between the plane and when I can rescue it from the baggage area. I've been to places where buying toiletries would be difficult to impossible and not being able to bring them with me in a carry-on is a real problem. And quite a few airports I've been in had nowhere available in the waiting areas to get drinks or snacks, even here in the U.S. if you were traveling either very early in the morning or rather late in the evening or at night, so I've usually brought my own, something that is now forbidden.
In one month it will be the fifth anniversary of the felling of the Twin Towers.
Anyone who thinks the terrorists haven't triumphed is fooling themselves.
Current Mood: depressed
Current Music: "Now Your Ships Are Burned" by Yngwie Malmsteen
As will I . . .
As you know, I love to travel, but with reports of the TSA removing things from checked
baggage for both domestic AND international flights, I no longer feel comfortable traveling with my camera or other expensive electronic items for fear of "losing" them to some TSA or airline employee's desire for the item in question. And don't tell me that doesn't occur either -- people are people and you know the saying about power . . . (See the comments in this post
for several examples. How much of a threat are someone's boots in a checked
bag? Did a screener have "stiletto envy"? And let's not forget your own problems over a T-shirt of all things!)
These restrictions are likely to stay in place, IMO -- just as the shoe removal has.
After a certain point the hassle factor of air travel outweighs the pleasure in going abroad.
I may well end up deciding to travel as my parents did, by bus and car and train and boat. It may be slower, but at least I'll get to keep the items I pack with me without fear of them being confiscated as "terrorist toothpaste".
I don't travel as much as I used to but I've a friend who's leaving tomorrow for vacation on a 7 AM flight - a godawful time to be at the airport under any circumstances, but now she has to wake up at 4:30 in order to get there and deal with lines and other nonsense.
I do rather understand what is meant to be accomplished by all of this fuss and in the current climate - well, one isn't meant to badmouth the government's decisions, is one? - but I feel like it's a case of "Horse, meet barn door ... oh, you've already met?"
I agree about the horse and the barn door. They met quite a while ago, only that isn't something that is acknowledged.
Once the "hassle-factor" reaches a certain level, few will willingly travel by air.
Terrorists' plans to disrupt people's lifestyle and restrict their life have succeeded when people think twice and thrice about traveling and decide it may not be worth the bother.