Hello...new to this & mad as ....

Discussion in 'New Users' started by PLarkin, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. PLarkin

    PLarkin Original Member

    Hi, Just found this website. Nice to know others feel as we do. Because of my husband's previous employment, we could fly anywhere FREE 6 times a year but do not and have not and will not because of the d....d TSA and the Nazi/1984/Brave New World tactics.

    I'm also a member of Hotwire and grieve everytime I get another offer for a 4 Star hotel for $40 a night. We used to jump on a plane and go to Chicago, Seattle, etc for the heck of it. No more. We still travel several times a year but always drive. We've probably spent an extra $4000 because of this.....and the travel assoc. wonders why travel is down???? Maybe a few people who can, have said NO . . WE WON'T FLY.

    I just wonder why the American people are tolerating invasive groping. What have we become? The only way I see to stop the TSA is if everyone in Congress and administration and the wealthy who fly privately, also had to undergo the same things as the general public. I've been to Europe several times and there is NOTHING like this in any country over there.

    I know that won't happen so I have no hope for this country.
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    PLarkin, welcome, we're sorry, we sympathize. We've been there. We are there. Many of us here at TUG also refuse to fly anymore. Many of us also love travel -- love travel! -- but will no longer do it, at least not by air. And given that the TSA is poisoning other modes of transportation as well, who knows how long we'll be able to take trains, buses, ferries, etc. either.
  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Welcome to TUG, PLarkin.

    First of all, you've definitely found a community of like-minded people here. Feel free to speak your mind, for you are among friends.

    As for stopping TSA, well, browse around here for a while and you'll see we do have a lot of ideas cooking. Some of them get shot down, some of them progress, but we all grow wiser and more strategically adept as a result of the process. This is a think-tank in a lot of ways. A non-partisan, pro-civil-liberties think-tank.

    Finally, I understand what it's like to be in an advantageous position that you can no longer use. My girlfriend's father works for Southwest Airlines and we fly free where and when we want (within reason). I've been looking at saving up money for train tickets. It sucks, no two ways about it.

    Come whatever else may, we're glad to have you here.
  4. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Welcome, PLarkin! Glad you are here!
  5. RosemaryT

    RosemaryT Original Member

    I'm a newbie here at Tug, but also extend my welcome.

    I've worn myself out trying to convince others that - today the airlines - tomorrow - WHO KNOWS.

    We're becoming Amtrak advocates, thanks to the TSA.
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I got rid of my British Airways VISA card and switched to an Amtrak rewards Mastercard. Though I suppose its days are numbered as well.
  7. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Welcome, PLarkin! Many here are in the same boat as you, and know how you feel. It has now been more than a year since I last flew. My lone vacation this year was to a destination somewhat close so that I could drive. I've turned down jobs due to travel requirements, jobs that pay more than what my current job does. Month by month, the travel perks(e.g. miles, hotel nights, points) that I had built are expiring since I can not make use of them because of the effin TSA.:mad:

    I have let all of them know why I no longer use them, and why I am losing that which I have earned. I also contact "all" of my elected representatives weekly, sometimes more, to keep pushing them. I suspect 2 of their staffers know my phone number by memory now. :D
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    And a belated welcome from me ! :)
  9. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Hello and welcome, you are among many like minded people here.
  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Welcome! Glad to see our ranks swelling. There are some great folks here who are pushing hard to take our airports back.
  11. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Me too...welcome...welcome.

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