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Are Ridiculous Airport Security Measures Killing Airline Profits?

Over the past couple of years, the attitude of U.S. consumers towards flying has shifted dramatically.  Once upon a time most Americans looked forward to flying, but thanks to rising airfares, horrific fees and ridiculous airport security measures that has changed.  In particular, the new airport security scanners that can look underneath our clothing and the new “enhanced pat-downs” have caused many Americans to decide to give up air traveling for good.  It is being projected that airline profits are going to be way down in 2011.  Could this partially be due to the fact that these ridiculous airport security measures are chasing Americans away from the airports?

According to the International Air Transport Association, profits for the global airline industry will only be about $4 billion this year.  Last year, the airline industry made $18 billion.  Things look particularly bleak in the North American region.

Of course rising oil prices and global economic turmoil are contributing factors, but there are also millions of Americans out there today that have now decided that they simply are not going to fly unless they absolutely have to.

Take myself for example.  Once the naked body scanners and the “enhanced pat-downs” went in, I decided that I would not fly unless I absolutely had to.  At this point I have not taken a flight in over a year.

Analysts say that the airline industry is being “right-sized”, but you would think as our population grows that the number of people in need of air travel would continue to grow.

Instead, we have witnessed a horrible decade for the airline industry.  Over the past decade, one out of every four airline jobs has been lost…..

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, passenger airlines lost one in every four jobs between 2000 and 2010, dropping from 523,208 jobs at the end of 2000 to 390,053 at the end of last year.

Of course this has nothing to do with all of the ridiculous security measures put in after 9/11, right?

2008 and 2009 were particularly bad years for the airline industry.  During the years of 2008 and 2009, airlines combined to lose a whopping 23 billion dollars.

According to a 2008 survey, air travelers in the United States avoided 41 million trips because of perceived problems with the air travel system.  The U.S. Travel Association says that those avoided trips cost U.S. airlines 9.4 billion dollars.

Most Americans are still taking flights, but there is a small percentage of Americans (that is growing) that simply do not want to go through the hassle of air travel anymore.

Thanks to the Internet, Americans are reading all of the worst TSA horror stories.  For example, one 61-year-old retired special education teacher was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an “enhanced pat-down” went badly.

As horror story after horror story about these ridiculous airport security measures continue to come out, an increasing number of Americans are deciding to change their travel habits.

A recent poll of air travelers found that 35 percent said that they would be traveling less by air and only 17 percent said that they planned to travel more by air.

Sites like The Drudge Report have been featuring negative stories about the TSA for months.  If the airline industry thinks that this is not having an impact then they are delusional.

The rest of the world is watching all of this happen as well, and millions of people are deciding that the United States is a place that they would rather not visit.

In 2009, 54.9 million tourists visited the United States, and those tourists spent approximately 93 billion dollars.  Tourism is the first, second or third biggest employer in 29 U.S. states.

So what happens if a significant chunk of international tourists decide that they are simply not going to fly because they don’t want to be blasted with radiation and they don’t want to be subjected to TSA groping?

The U.S. economy has gotten worse over the past couple of years.  Do we really need to kill off the tourism industry also?

What is going on at our airports is just another example of how America is turning into a “Big Brother” police state.  For many more examples of this phenomenon, check out this article: “32 Signs That The Entire World Is Being Transformed Into A Futuristic Big Brother Prison Grid“.

If you are still convinced that all of this new airport security is no big deal, you might want to think again.  You never know, the next viral video on YouTube might be of you….

  • Owen

    Hardly anything makes me more ashamed of my fellow countrymen than their willingness to surrender their freedom and dignity at airports. I swore off flying 7 years ago when the Gestapo showed up in our airports. My resolve waivered a bit when a new airline company offered $69 from my hometown to about 40 different locations around the U.S. After about 5 minutes of hesitation, I resolved that at even such a good deal, I would maintain my boycott of American airports. Go ahead, show those Nazis you are glad they are there — just keep flying.

  • whoisbiggles

    We use to visit the US every 2 – 3 years from Australia. We haven’t done so for 5 years now and can’t see ourselves making the trip again any time soon.
    Our local TV stations have been running ads heavily promoting Disneyland and California and the currency exchange rates, over the past 18months.
    But we will be sticking with family holidays within Australia and visiting New Zealand, Fiji and Vanuatu.
    I feel safer in the military dictatorship of Fiji than you’re Republic.

  • Ben Dover

    I have heard that in Europe some people say TSA means TOURISTS STAY AWAY.

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    “If you are still convinced that all of this new airport security is no big deal, you might want to think again”

    or you might consider where the TSA is headed:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/032538_TSA_false_authority.html

    Tourism is one industry where the US could compete with any country in the world so it makes sense for congress to destroy it.

    Wealthy Americans are avoiding the TSA by using private jets. The private jet business is booming.

    In the former Soviet Union, you can minimize airport customs and security headaches by purchasing VIP service (a legal bribe around $100 per arrival or departure). There are also other benefits here worth considering (first on, first off, shuttle, baggage handling, and a private lounge).

  • mondobeyondo

    The airlines themselves seem to be doing quite well, thank you very much.

    Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways…all earning profits this quarter. Maybe not record profits, but better than many of the rest of us.

    Perhaps it’s because they are nickel and diming us to death. Fees up the ying-yang. Fees for an extra carry on bag. Fees for this, fees for that. I’m surprised the major air carriers haven’t charged $3.00 to use the bathroom. Oh wait, did I just say that? Aw crap… here comes Delta with a $5.00 restroom fee.* ($8.50 if you have to go “number two”). I knew I should have never mentioned that.

    If you aren’t peeing in your pants already, this will surely make you do so…

    *I made that part up. Seriously, I hope Delta never charges their customers (passengers) to use the bathroom, like I heard RYANAIR does now.

  • Egor

    I think, the security measures needed tactically. Strategically develop them – the path to a standstill. The security problem is relevant, when there is conflict. If you stop the confrontation, degrading measures are not needed. Is not it?

  • A.S.

    Carry the Bill or Rights on you when you travel. If a TSA agent just touches you once, even on the shoulder, start reading it, screaming it, to everyone around you. If they try to arrest you for this, threaten a law suit and scream, “is there any lawyer around?” They should be put in prison for life for what they do to women and children.

  • Ben W

    I’ll never fly again. Unfortunately too many stupid Americans subject themselves to being stripped of Constitutional protections so the abuse will continue …

  • Tarditi

    We simply don’t elect to fly anywhere anymore.
    We drive or we don’t go. Period.

  • http://tinyurl.com/TipgPt FrankInFL

    I have largely given up flying unless for the most pressing reasons. It’s not from any sense of false modesty; I just refuse to subject myself to the attendant indignities when they obviously do not make me any safer.

    After 9/11/2011 there cannot be found anywhere any collection of random airline passengers who would stand idly by while someone tried to hijack the airplane, because they all know they are all dead if that happens. Even if a hijacker got on board with a gun, so what? While the gunman is shooting at First Class, someone from Coach will sucker-punch him into next Tuesday. His chance of ever seeing another airport is zero.

    So, what’s a poor suicide bomber to do given all that? Answer: wire up, buy a ticket, get on line for the TSA inspection. When the s/b feels he’s about in the middle of the pack, BOOM!! Result: 100-200 dead prospective passengers and assorted TSA agents, millions in sophisticated scanning equipment ruined, an entire terminal/airport shut down indefinitely while Forensics bags body parts and maintenance scrubs and repaints the walls, and no plausible response from TSA.

    I say ‘no plausible response’ because the only way to combat this is to meet each prospective traveler/party at their origin, search them there, transport them in a secured vehicle to a secured pre-flight holding area. The cost would be phenomenal. Only Bill Gates and Warren Buffet could afford to fly commercial. The U.S. airline industry would collapse overnight.

    There can only be two reasons why this hasn’t happened: (1) a critical shortage of suicide bombers, or (2) the terrorists no longer give a rat’s patoot because they have us exactly where they want us.

    George “the village idiot” Bush used to tell us that the terrorists hated us because we’re so free. Clearly his solution was to make us so un-free that the terrorists will love us. While he may have failed to do everything else he attempted, he gets an A+ for that one.

    • paulie

      You do know 911 was staged by the Pentagon?

      • noneya

        You do know you are an idiot?

    • noneya

      That is the first intelligent complaint with a plausible reason that I have heard. The Bill of Rights whiners can go through twice as far as I’m concerned. They aren’t interested in the rest of us.

    • the Flyer

      An Intelligent Comment you have posted!
      Fear is the most effective way to control people…

  • http://www.economicon.info/ Leigh Kimmel

    We’re boycotting the airlines too. If we can’t drive there, we don’t go.

  • Rev. Reggie Jackson

    Once people begin to cut back on flying; then this will probably get their attention. But then too; the antichrist beast system doesn’t want people to be free to fly anyway. The International Banker/Illuminati kingpins don’t want people flying because they don’t want us to be free to move about and do what we want.

    Taking our freedoms away is what makes Satan and his followers so dangerous and evil. And stopping everybody from flying is actually; their ultimate goal.

    Along with making everybody taking their Mark of the Beast chip in peoples forehead or hand. And this Mark (chip) will make God curse you forever, and send you to the lake of fire and brimstone, 24/7, because it will mean that you have sided and joined Satan and his antichrist beast leader and leaders. And that chip will also make you their total zombie brainless and lakey slave.

    • A SON OF YHWH

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      …….IF THEY SAY THEY KNOW ME & WILL NOT KEEP MY 613 COMMANDMENTS…..THEY ARE A LIAR & THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM……YOU ARE DECEIVING THE MASSES….THE MARK OF THE BEAST HAS ABSOLUTELY
      N O T H I N G TO DO WITH ANY CHIP AS YOU SUGGEST…. YOU ARE LEADING HIS SHEEP AWAY FROM HIM…. YOU ARE A SCRIPTURAL LIAR….. BETTER TO KEEP ONES MOUTH SHUT & BE THOUGHT A SCRIPTURAL FOOL…THEN TO SPEAK & REMOVE ALL DOUBT…… BUT THEN YOU CARE NOT, DO YOU….UNGERS BIBLE DICTIONARY PAGE 412 EXPLAINS WHAT THE TITLE GOD MEANS….JUST IN CASE YOU WISH TO KNOW WHY YHWH HATES YOU FOR SPEAKING LIES WHEN YOU WERE NOT TOLD TO SPEAK… YOU ARE SCRIPTURAL VAPID……THE WORD GOD MEANS DEMON……BUT THEN WE BOTH KNEW YOU CARED NOT, DIDNT WE ?…..

      .

  • Sommer Gentry

    TSA: We get off, or you don’t get on.

    I won’t fly while these disgusting thugs think they have the right to take naked pictures of me for men to enjoy in a private pornobooth, and I won’t fly while the TSA claims dominion over my sexuality – forcing people to engage in sexual contact with complete strangers. Rubbing someone’s genitals through their clothing is a sexual act. No amount of sophistry or “it’s just my job” lies can change the facts – these are sexual acts forced on unwilling participants. The name of this is sexual assault. TSA screeners are guilty of sexual assault. How many times do we have to say it before you perverts listen? Stop sexually assaulting children! My body is my own. I decide with whom to engage in sexual activities, and it’s not airport molesters in blue TSA uniforms with fake plastic badges and the false title of “officer”. Get these filthy grabbing hands off our bodies, and then I’ll consider flying again.

  • VegasBob

    Getting on an airplane these days is on a par with having a root canal. It’s not a pleasurable experience.

    Nowadays I avoid flying like the plague.

  • J2201987

    It’s sickening to read about these TSA stories. I think it’s ultimately going to lead to a point of keeping us trapped here. There are the ones who (thank God) are so offended by their methods they just not to fly, unless it’s absolute necessary (like escaping the country once it fully implodes), while the sheeple continue to promote and applaud their actions and support these creeps from protecting us from….well I don’t know anymore. They soon will, for no apparent reason, make the “no-fly list” and will never be allowed to leave the country again.

    All it’ll take is some incident of epic proportions (a bomb threat, a gunman, a protest) to have security “beefed up” in airports which well lead to more invasive procedures (one friend of mine made a joke about the airport TSA becoming part-time OB/GYN’s, making sure women aren’t carrying WMA’s in their um, nether-regions. Sadly I see that happening far down the road).

  • ParisSailin

    I fly all the time and the security measures don’t bother me a bit. Good. Please don’t fly for this reason. More room for me.

    What a bunch of pathetic whiners!

    • Do your research

      I can tell by your tag that you are not a reasonable person.

      Also Reasonable people do not call their fellows “whiners” when they stand up for their rights.

  • Fisher1949

    As a former frequent flier I have eliminated 16 round trips so far this year because of TSA. I expect the number will total 35-40 trips which has been my average annual number for the past twenty five years.

    Why was it suddenly “necessary” to strip search and sexually assault passengers staring 10/30/10 when there had been no terrorist attacks from 9/12/01 through today? Americans have an incredible ability to be completely ignorant or reality and allow Government to strip them of their Constitutional rights so long as there is a perceived interest in “safety”.

    I had flown over three hundred round trips between 9/11 and 11/1/10 with no fear of a terrorist attack since we all knew that we would have too intervene if there were an attempt. The “underwear bomber“ attempt occurred in December of 2009 yet TSA didn’t enact any changes until eleven months later. The explosive that he used, PETN, is undetectable even by the scanners, the gropings and the Explosive Trace Detection to this day. The material is like Silly Putty and can be spread over a bone protrusion such as a shoulder blade or hip-bone and none of the TSA methods will identify it.

    Besides, the Al Qaeda documents recovered in the Bin Laden assassination revealed that they are targeting trains, not airplanes, so why focus on the last threat? TSA costs taxpayers over $8.2 billions per year and our taxes pay TSA an additional $10.00 over the $2.50 TSA fee on the fare every time someone goes through airport security.

    TSA is nothing more than a jobs program for the otherwise unemployable. Who will protect Americans from TSA? There have been twenty-six screeners arrested in six months for job related crimes, including drug trafficking, theft, two for raping minors and one for distributing child porn. Twenty six criminal acts, twenty five security failures, over four thousand groping complaints and dozens of lawsuits, all in six months, yet TSA hasn’t stopped one terrorist attack in nine years. Yet these are the people that TSA hires to fondle your children’s privates.

    TSA has proven completely incompetent, posting a 70% failure rate, yet is allowed to continue to jeopardize passenger safety while inflicting countless indignities on a daily basis. Based on TSA statistics a recent article calculated that they grope 1.8 million travelers each month!

    Anyone so afraid to fly that that they would consent to having their family strip-searched and their privates groped by a stranger in a public place shouldn’t fly. These people are obviously ill equipped to manage the risk that life entails and should stay home.

    • Winston

      “Why was it suddenly “necessary” to strip search and sexually assault passengers staring 10/30/10 when there had been no terrorist attacks from 9/12/01 through today?”

      Because politicians and government bureaucracies are always trying to look like they’re “doing something” and the corporations supplying the police state hardware are more than willing to supply the means for them to do so. “Free speech dollars” from those corporations are used to contribute to the campaigns of the politicians with the taxpayers’ purse.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    A radio station interviewed some people once the TSA groping started. I was surprised on how many people said, “Well they’re keeping us safe”.
    Max Kessler did a video on the EU bailouts in Ireland a couple of months ago, when Max asked, “Why do people put up with it?” The answer was telling, “Things haven’t started to bite yet” came the reply. As ling as people can travel, have cable, can afford to eat, and can live in relative comfort the majority will allow themselves to be felt up by the TSA.

  • http://www.ohioquotes.com Ohio Health

    With all of the extras they are charging for (bags, pillow etc…)I think they will continue to make record profits.

    And if the price of gas comes down, they’ll really be sitting pretty!

  • El Pollo de Oro

    So, I’m having a political discussion with some friends in South Philly. We’re getting ready to watch the Manchester United/Barsa game in a half hour, and one of them says to me, “You’ve said that the country is turning into a police state, but you’ve also said that violent crime is going to get a lot worse. Isn’t that a contradiction? Wouldn’t a police state be safer?”

    My response to mi amigo: “No, guay, that isn’t a contradiction at all. Police states can have a lot of violent crime. Venezuela, for example, has a Marxist strongman for a president, but Caracas has one of the worst crime rates on the planet. Benjamin Franklin famously said that those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither, and The Banana Republic of America will become more dangerous, violent and crime-plagued as it becomes more and more of a fascist police state. The corporate fascists who have turned this once-great country into a Third World hellhole love it when tattooed thugs in baggy pants and hoodies mug Granny at knifepoint because a frightened, fearful population is more likely to be a submissive, passive population. So get ready to live in a police state that will be violent as well as oppressive. Get ready to be abused by both cops and robbers. Big Brother won’t be there to help you when the Crips, Bloods, MS13, Los Zeta and kidnapping gangs are making your life hell, but Big Brother will definitely be there to abuse decent, law-abiding citizens.”

    The Homeland Security goons will put an Icelandic tourist (Eva Osk Arnardottir), in handcuffs and legirons and terrorize and humiliate her for having once overstayed a visa by three weeks (wouldn’t a simple fine have sufficed for an honest mistake?). But don’t expect Big Brother to protect you when members of La Mara Salvatrucha have a knife pointed at your throat. Of course, there are some patriots who want to save this country from sliding even deeper into the fascist abyss—and they range from liberal feminist Naomi Wolf to libertarians like Ron Paul, Alex Jones, Katherine Albrecht, Justin Raimondo and Gerald Celente. But most of our Judas politicians are more than happy to toss the Constitution into the meat grinder.

    Alex Jones put it best when he said: “We are in deep tyranny……deep, deep, deep.”

    • Winston

      “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Harry DuPraw

    I live now in France, but have relatives in the USA. After reading on the internet this article:
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/i-ain’t-flying-anymore/

    I decide to avoid flying into the USA on principle, and went to Monterrey instead and then rented a car. But the border crossing, and the checkpoints, entering the USA from Mexico were horrible too. So now I’m done with the USA, period. Next time, my relatives and I would fly to and meet in a free country.

  • BOYCOTT EM

    DONT FLY

  • guido

    Carlin once stated airport security was basically there to make white people feel safe. He was pretty much dead on.

    As a former soldier and former nuclear security officer, I can assure you, TSA is a joke. I’ve worked at what I would consider a comparatively better league and I think they’re a total joke. Do they even look like they’re ready for trouble? I’ve also trained other security guys, qualifying them on the range, and I can spot a joke when I see one. Security guards are essentially a joke in most cases. The guards I qualified would probably be more dangerous than the crooks.

    TSA is a joke. They’re inadequate for the mission and they do nothing to really make you safe. Terrorists adopt Sun Tsu’s maxim that fighters should flow like water around obstacles. Why face moronic security nonsense when you can attack the soft spots? America is full of soft spots. Did you hear about Al Qaeda just telling Muslims to get guns and shoot at Americans? The dork that shot up Fort Hood is still alive, and no doubt, any new shooter will be kept alive and safe to serve as a propaganda tool for the enemy.

    When I fly, and I have to travel for work, I refuse the body scanner, what we called the Meat Gazer in Iraq. I refuse to be treated like a TCN, or Third Country National in my own airport. I’ll take the patdown, even though it’s utterly humiliating, because I know the machine radiates a lot of energy. Those TSA jokers will come down with cancer in a few years after standing around those things day-in and day-out. I can’t turn down a business trip and remain in business. But I do know it’s a joke and I know more about it than the guy doing it.

    I used to work with much of the same equipment the TSA goons use, so I know you can fool all of it. I’ve known guys who could get combat boots with steel shanks in them past metal detectors that could detect single sticks of gum. The explosive spray test, which we also used in Iraq, falsely alerts on certain hair dyes and on fertilizers, since nitrates are in lots of things, not just explosives. Even if you pop hot, they’re just going to re-pat you and try to trip you up with their questions. Even meat gazers can be fooled.

    Let me also point out, the security measures mean nothing when the enforcers are buffoons. Ever hear about how TSA agents operate metal detector portals unplugged? They’ve also failed every single surprise test where a trainer hid training explosives, ammo, or weapons in baggage. Hell, I’ve accidentally flown with knives and lighters in my pockets on a couple flights.

    Also, did you ever hear about how passengers spotted a VIP escorting the underwear bomber to the gate where he passed all security and got on a plane, even without a passport? What’s the point of any security when powerful people can avoid scrutiny and get the terrorists on the plane with us whenever they want?

    And let’s not forget every single terrorist or nutcase on a plane was stopped and captured by passengers, not the TSA. Passengers caught the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the muslimmaniac who tried to knock down the cockpit door last month, the flying imams, and every other lunatic. TSA goons aren’t good for anything beyond harassing old women and children.

    The real solution is to go after the likely targets-Muslims MAMs, or military age males-guys between 18-45. Old ladies and babies aren’t the problem. Guys from Saudi Arabia and Yemen, however, seem to be the problem.

    Air Israel seems to have hit on a successful solution by profiling and conducting personal interviews with passengers and they’ve never had a successful incident. They’re not PC, but they’re successful.

    At a minimum, let’s just sit a guard at the front of the plane in a jump seat with a gun full of frangible bullets or a 12 gauge full of bean bags and the threat is pretty much negated. Let the flight crew fly armed. The problem is solved. Oh, and shoot/taze/hogtie the idiots who pop up from time to time like the cockpit door guy from a month ago or the drugged-out idiot who tried to open the escape hatch a few years ago.

    “Security is just there to make white people feel safe,” as Carlin said, and let me add, “to keep consuming.”

    • Do your research

      Guido: Absolutely fantastic post, except for the PC quote from Carlin, which insinuates that white people are unnecessarily paranoid of those who are not white. Otherwise, great, enlightening post.

  • Justa Guy

    Used to fly for pleasure, haven’t considered it since about a year after 9/11. Could use a better job, but when I find good paying jobs that say air travel is necessary, I won’t even apply. I wouldn’t even consider flying with the rape patrols, never mind allowing them to feel up my family. To anyone who lets these people feel up their children: you are either a fool, a coward, or just too selfish to not fly in order to protect your family. Get a backbone and make a stand, gutless Americans of the 21st century. Now the only pleasure that has to do with flying is the pleasure the Transportation Molestation Administration receives as they get paid by our tax dollars for “hands-on” training to be customers at a brothel.

  • Egor

    You may envy the Russian, for which this issue is not relevant. For example, a ticket from Moscow to Sochi (host the Olympic Games in 2014, a distance of less than 1000 miles) is $ 220. We can evaluate the possibility of flying to different people. Look at the proposals work. The State Service provides, for example, in Bryansk:

    Anesthesiologist-resuscitator – 4,330 rubles per month ($ 155).
    Infectious diseases doctor – 4,330 rubles per month ($ 155).

    Accountant, economist, chief engineer, deputy director of the company, chef, teacher of computer science and English teacher – get $ 155. They are not concerned with the problem of airport security, they have no money to buy a ticket.

  • mondobeyondo

    There are some places though, where it’s simply more logical to fly. It’s a very long swim to get to Hawaii, or London, or Sydney. I doubt if even Michael Phelps is willing to try that…

  • Used to Fly

    I have traveled overseas and used to enjoy flying. Now I refuse to travel by plane. Using planes only supports the Gestapo police state emerging which only punishes Americans, and treats everyone like a potential terrorist, instead of the US government going after the real terrorists. The airlines have lost 10s of thousands of dollars I would have spent from now until retirement. I prefer to take Amtrak or take the bus. I would rather hitchhike than take a plane.

  • http://homeschool-college.blogspot.com cpascal

    I haven’t flown in years, and won’t fly while these ridiculous measures are still in place. Hopefully, the huge drop in revenue will make the airline industry rethink these measures.

  • William

    The last time I got on a commercial airliner was in Oct of 2001. What was to become the Cheka Institute of CrotchGrabbers, also known as the TSA, had not revved up its Gestapo act at that time. I simply will not fly today. It is not worth the humiliation of being prodded, poked, questioned and bullied by poorly educated and mindless evil and UNAMERICAN Communist or Nazi Chertoff-Bots.

  • Boycotting Flying for Now

    The Israelis don’t fondle people and degrade them and radiate their passengers. They just profile the most likely culprits of terror. Common sense. Americans punish the entire population for the acts of a few evil terrorists they America was dumb enough to let in..

  • http://restore-constitutional-government.com Joanna

    You have described me. I don’t want to go through the hassle and stress at the airport, so I won’t fly anymore unless it’s a time emergency.

  • Vinnie

    OK, I know this is gonna sound drastic but we, as law abiding Americans need to send a clear message to the Gov’t,the airlines and the travel industry that we have had enough. That said I would like to suggest something that has been tried with various successes and failures…Why dont we pick the BIGGEST HOLIDAY AND DO A NATIONal NO FLY DAY! If we pick Thanksgiving 2011 and we all try to do it we can stick it to them in the pocket books. IMAGINE ALMOST EMPTY AIRPLANES TAKING OFF COSTING THE AIRLINES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR EVERY FLIGHT. TSA HAVING ALMOST NO ONE TO HARASS and SEARCH ILLEGALLY. NO SNARLY TICKET AGENTS TO WATCH US STAND IN NASTY LINES IN THE AIRPORTS TRYING TO GET HOME TO GRAMMAS. WOULDNT THAT BE NICE FOR A DAY. THEN THE BILL COMES IN AND ALL THE AIRLINES GO BUST, THE TSA GETS THE PICTURE AND WE GET THE CREDIT AND RESPECT WE DESERVE!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho Ben Dover (America)

    What can Americans do to fight the New World Order?

    1. Turn off or throw away your T.V.
    2. Think for yourself.
    3. Question all so-called ‘Authority’
    4. Get out, and/or stay out, of debt!
    5. Use cash, trade or barter as much as possible, rather than debit cards and credit cards
    6. Get rid of grocery store ‘discount’ cards –grocery stores provide this information to insurance companies.
    7. Bank at a Credit Union, or any alternative to the ‘TBTF’ Banks, that participated in the 2008 Banker Bailout.
    8. Invest as much as you reasonably can in precious metals – especially silver.
    9. You have the right to own a firearm, to protect yourself,and your family. Read the 2nd Amendment.
    10. Buy products “Made in America”
    11. Start your own garden
    13. Meditate or pray – reduce your stress!
    14. Get exercise!
    15. Read a book (here is an excellent book recommendation: Psychological Warfare and the New World Order:The Secret War Against the American People
    http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-Warfare-New-World-Order/dp/0932367232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310394551&sr=8-1 )
    16. Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient, or other alternative music
    17. Watch ‘Freedom to Fascism’–a film by Aaron Russo (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUpZhhbKUBo)
    18. Watch ‘Why We Fight’–a film by Eugene Jarecki (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…r_embedded)
    19. Watch ‘Endgame’–a film by Alex Jones (can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho)
    20. Below is advice from John Perkins’ book, entitled THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (The Truth About Economic Hit Men,Jackals,And How To Change The World), pp. 322-329.

    “AVOID SHOPPING AS ‘RETAIL THERAPY’ (Instead, jog, meditate, read, or find some other solution).
    SHOP CONSCIOUSLY – if there is something you must have, purchase items whose packaging, ingredients, and methods of production are sustainable and support life.
    MAKE EVERYTHING YOU OWN LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
    PURCHASE AT CONSIGNMENT AND THRIFT STORES –where everything is recycled.
    Write letters telling Monsanto, De Beers, ExxonMobil, Adidas, Ford, GE, Coca-Cola, WALMART, and other labor exploiters and environment destroyers
    why you REFUSE TO PURCHASE FROM THEM.
    CUT BACK ON OIL AND GAS CONSUMPTION!
    DOWNSIZE (your car, home, wardrobe) – everything in your life (and don’t buy what you don’t need)
    SUPPORT/SEND MONEY only to non-profits, radio stations, and other organizations that promote JUST causes.
    VOLUNTEER your time and energy to such organizations.
    SUPPORT LOCAL MERCHANTS
    ENCOURAGE stores to buy from local growers, producers, and suppliers.
    Shop at your LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET
    AVOID DRINKING WATER THAT IS FLUORIDATED (only your toothpaste should have non-industrial fluoride)
    INSIST that those who use your money – banks, pensions, mutual funds, companies – make socially and environmentally responsible investments.”
    21. Invest in precious metals (especially silver).
    22. Research every company whose products or services you buy
    23. Research every organization to which you donate your hard-earned money
    24. Vote with your dollars!
    25. Watch ‘The Secret of Oz’– a film by William T. Still (can be found here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkq2E8mswI)
    26. Get prepared for when the U.S. dollar TOTALLY COLLAPSES – You’ll need 1) Water, 2) Food, 3) Vital Medicine 4) First Aid Kit, etc.
    27. Global, non-violent, NON-COMPLIANCE is the answer, of We the Plebs, to the ‘elite’ New World Order!
    28. Find alternatives to EVERYTHING that they’ve set up, to entrap you in THEIR system.
    29. What would happen if 200 MILLION AMERICANS refused to pay their taxes, in 2012? (Just a hypothetical question)
    30. Familiarize yourself with the concept of BOYCOTT
    31. Corporate Membership in the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations):
    http://www.cfr.org/about/corporate/roster.html
    32. Don’t ever join a ‘secret’ society
    33. Watch ‘Global Warming or Global Governance’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u81qXOYfKg )
    34. Educate yourself. Thomas Jefferson: “If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be.”

    Expand the above list,and share it with everyone you know!

  • http://store.economyrc.com Morton Lazard

    Interesting article. Will you be writing more on this subject? I’ve been a lifetime radio control enthusiast. I would like to learn more.

  • TSA sucks

    I can say that this is the case with me. Unless it’s a trip over seas to Europe or Africa, I avoid flying at all costs. I would much rather drive for 2 days to get somewhere like Florida or Maine than go through the hassle of airport security to be able to fly there in a few hours (and I do, we just drove to Maine and back in December).

    Driving is also cheaper, for 2 people from Michigan-Maine was about $250 in gas, or $500 roundtrip. A roundtrip ticket from Detroit to Bangor is about $500/person, so we saved $500 by driving too.

    If someone comes up with a way to build a tunnel under the Atlantic, I think I would also drive to Europe rather than fly too.