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  •  I wish I knew that trick. I was X-rayed for the (11+ / 0-)

    first time on a recent trip, and remembered a coworker from a few years back declaring that he'd rather be patted down than assume "that position that makes you look like a criminal."

    I resent far more the restrictions on what I can carry onboard (esp. having visited some places in Texas that had all manner of olives and other goodies that were of course in liquid) than the X-ray. You're right, Cosette: it's theater, and this time around, we had to empty every last thing from our pockets. Not only is that harrassment, how easy it is for someone to lift someone's wallet, phone, thumb drive, etc. etc. etc. while the TSA is wanding the poor sap. To be fair, most of the TSA employees have been professional about it, but I simply cannot believe that taking off our shoes is keeping us safe.

    •  I absolutely abhor taking off my shoes (0+ / 0-)

      at the airport.  Drives me nuts, especially since I like to wear sandals in the summer 24/7.  Also, as a short person, taking off even flats often means that my pants are dragging on the floor.  

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