Eric Clapton also can’t stand the TSA

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    The great blues guitarist and singer Eric Clapton is also fed up with the TSA.​
    “The bit onstage, that’s easy. If I could do that around my neighborhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I’m taking a leaf out of JJ [Cale]‘s book: When I’m 70, I’ll stop. I won’t stop playing or doing one-offs, but I’ll stop touring, I think.” Like many of us, EC also dislikes the hassles of dealing with airport officials: “And security. I never get it right. I forget to take off my belt, or I have change in my pocket. Next thing I know, ‘Can you come over here please?’ I just don’t want to do that anymore.”



    Sing it, Eric.
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Saw him in concert from the company box 3.5 years ago. After 40+ years on the road, he can still rock the house, and I mean ROCK the house. It will be a sad day if others miss out on this because of TSA.

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  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    The Moody Blues were the same way when I saw them at the Rosemont Theater. Only as old as you feel and they must've felt like they were 22.

    As if we needed more proof that TSA is detrimental to arts and culture, here we have an American rock icon speaking against them for draining the enjoyment out of his efforts to perform.
     
  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    The more complainants the better. Glad to see a venerable celebrity speaking out against this abuse.
     
  5. I like the way he describes the problem with security. It's a stressful situation and hard to get right, when you have to take off half your stuff and put your laptop separate and your shoes DIRECTLY ON THE BELT! in one airport but no, IN THEIR OWN BIN! in another airport, all the while trying to hurry because people are antsy behind you and TSA is glaring at you and barking orders, and you want to get to your flight, and you're worried about getting your stuff stolen and/or getting roughed up or fondled if you somehow accidentally exhibit a "micro-expression" or happen to have worn your hair the way terrorists are wearing their hair that day. It's not easy, especially if you're older, or have kids with you, or are prone to anxiety, or are carrying a burdensome load of some sort. Or even if you're just a normal person who can only take so much.
     

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