Most of my family stayed close to home this holiday season and that was the procedure for most of my friends as well. My wife and I broke bread with some aunts and uncles and cousins of mine in Hampden Massachusetts and two members of our family did need to fly to get to us.
While the roar was all about groping and individual rights being violated, I predicted that we would be markedly underwhelmed by this screening process over the Thanksgiving Holiday. President Obama doesn’t need anything else to worry about and this recent roar from critics would largely ramp down this screening process over the Thanksgiving holiday. From the news as well as conversations I’ve had with my family who did travel through airports this holiday season, all this TSA business seems to be much adieu about nothing.
Aunt Janet & Uncle Rex: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Hartford CT’s Bradley International Airport (BDL): My aunt Janet and Uncle Rex came into Bradley Airport from Chicago’s O’Hare International on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on a United Airlines flight and they said that they had no real issues whatsoever. My aunt is generally averse to flying but conflicts with work made air travel a necessity.
While she had made the reservations several weeks prior, the recent TSA news had made her very anxious over the experience, “…but,” she said, “there were really no issues. The check in process was easy, takeoff was on time, and we landed without incident.” She did note that the tension on the plane had been palpable as the recent news had reached all passengers on the plane.
TSA News Elsewhere: The experience of my aunt and uncle seemed to be largely the program among other travelers on this Thanksgiving Holiday. All the rancor over the ‘opt-out’ of the full body scan machine seemed to go away like smoke as the holiday progressed. As reported on MSNBC.com (1)most people just wanted to get where they were going.
Greg Hancock told the network of his experience from Phoenix to California, “It was a day at the beach, a box of chocolates.”
Even those who protested the intrusiveness of the machine said they had more important fish to fry. John Giordano told MSNBC.com, “I will opt out of ‘porno machine’ and choose the pat-down…but I won’t turn back because I have to get where I’m going. My parents are getting old and they want to see me.”
Even with all the outrage over the screening process, when push comes to shove, individuals should appreciate that we are even able to fly. The fact that we need to go through these screening processes in order to ensure safety sounds like not that much of a sacrifice after all.