So in the wake of the Andrea Abbott ruling, it hardly needs mentioning that we're all pissed off. Maybe it's anger leading to clarity, maybe it's just an oddly-timed flash of inspiration, but I had an idea this morning that might work along a different angle. This is going to be disjointed and awkward because between fuming over Andrea, dealing with work, and the idea only being a few hours old, I haven't thought it through completely yet, but here goes anyway: We've tried the stick - keeping pressure on TSA is slow going but it's showing at least some results, mostly with regard to Congress getting irritated. Is it time for the simultaneous application of the carrot? What if we were to put together, along with FTTUSA and other travel-freedom groups, a campaign to help get the airlines to lobby for a return to private screeners? I wouldn't have considered it but for the recent article on how airline execs were urging reworking of airport security. It would go something like: "Here's your problem: your customer figures suck, Amtrak is eating your lunch, WN is the only one of you turning a profit and the usage of your services has been equated to living in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia by a large segment of the population. Here's the reason: An out-of-control government agency stands directly between your customers and your services, and has made itself entirely unreasonable in every facet of allowing your customers to access your services. Here's the solution: Flex that lobbying muscle and get these thugs removed and replaced by someone who can be held accountable, even if only by lawsuit, to your customers. Here's the incentive: If you do this, we, the undersigned, pledge not only to resume flying again, but also to bite the bullet, save our cash, and purchase a round-trip FIRST-CLASS plane ticket within the next (Year? 2 years?) to get your business back on track." It would need, at least: -Someone who's up to speed on flight figures and the recent history thereof (Mike comes to mind first, with his knowledge of furloughed planes, flight numbers, pax loads, etc., but I'm sure others know too and can step in so Mike can focus on running TUG) to make the case that their business is suffering and we know it. -Someone with at least some media connections to drum up publicity (Lisa? Do you still lurk here? Maybe we can recruit you for this, if that's okay by you.) -Someone who knows how to speak the airlines' language. I'm good at principled and philosophical arguments but I don't know airline business lingo worth a damn. -Someone who can get petitions written, worded clearly, and widespread. -Maybe someone who's a general marketing/publicity guru to put the requisite polish on the whole thing to sell it to the airlines. Thoughts? Is this totally insane? Am I dreaming here, or are we at the "Fsck it, we have nothing more to lose" point and thus due for a plan like this? I've flown free for the past 4 years (well...the first 2 of the past 4 anyway, before S&G started), but I'd do it. First time I'd ever have flown first-class but I'd do it if it means seeing TSA shitcanned once and for all.