How to gum up any institution, or for TSA: Leave Your Laptop in Your Bag

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Love this! Passive acts of resistance welcome!
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I even have a couple dead laptops I could loan out for scanning & swabbing purposes. :D
  4. I love this part of it:

    That's another thing that should be thrown back in AFS people's faces at any opportunity.
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  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    While sitting in one of the legendary I-95 DC-Baltimore backups I was thinking that a nice protest mechanism might be a rolling blockade on an interstate during a holiday travel period.

    I seem to recall truckers doing something like this in the 70's over the 55 mph limit. They only needed a few trucks, just enough to severely slow all of the lanes in a three or four lane highway, they occupied all of the lanes and drove at 15 mph. The back ups were staggering. It was not only effective but surprisingly easy to stage.

    It would be even easier using cars and could be arranged in advance through some of our affiliates including the other place. With only a few participants, we could block three lanes of a major artery corridor whenever we wanted to.

    A few No TSA signs or some other moniker would pretty much do it and probably make news.
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Great idea, but we'd probably all get beaten up by other drivers. You know that most people don't give a flying f**k. It's "Just get to me to my flight on time!"

    Maybe in 10 years, when enough people have been assaulted. But not anytime soon.
  7. RosemaryT

    RosemaryT Original Member

    I agree with this 100%. I'm on a couple forums dominated by middle-aged women and their clarion call is - "ANYTHING to keep us safe."

    Despite my loquacious and logical arguments, I have been unable to convince them that this is security theater, and secondly, that it is an egregious violation of fourth amendment rights.

    I've penned many posts with that sentiment and still, NO ONE is moved off their position that safety is paramount (even if it is FAKE safety).

    I'm 53 years old, and - based largely on this TSA nightmare - I'm coming around to believe that most Americans are dullards.

    Very depressing.
  8. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I came to that conclusion a loooong time ago, when I had to quote the "Schoolhouse Rock" version of "I'm Just a Bill" to someone three times my age to prove a point.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Ultimately it doesn't matter. It's the economics of the situation and the experiences of those who actually fly that will change the situation.
  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    this is an excellent idea. If effective however, I believe the TSA will change the procedures to eliminate the hold up, because after all, this *is* only theater and the show must go on.
  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Rosemary, take a look at this article, which I've quoted many times. Research has shown that, for many people, facts don't matter. That's why those commenters you refer to won't change their minds (well, won't change their minds based on logic; they might change their minds if they get groped):

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