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  •  I've never understood the rational (3+ / 0-)
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    StrayCat, brein, roadbear

    behind forcing people to take off their shoes to scan them. My basis for this is in Europe, where most would say their airport security apparatuses are fairly sophisticated, they don't make you do it.

    •  Bush Administration (1+ / 0-)
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      brein

      was great at knee-jerk response. That's why we have to do that here.

      •  after they got done wetting their pants (2+ / 0-)
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        StrayCat, brein

        Lets face it, as soon as the first plane hit the tower, the Bush administration freaked out and never stopped for the next eight years.

        We needed "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" and we got "they hate us because of our freedom".  

        The only thing they were good at is leading the panic.

    •  One of the best things about flying back from (3+ / 0-)
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      LuvSet, StrayCat, roadbear

      Mexico was -- no shoe removal!!  

      My sister said the same thing about flying back to the States from France this spring-- it just makes the experience so much more pleasant.

      •  Much more pleasant (0+ / 0-)

        ...and it makes the policy seem even that much more stupid.  Once you as an international traveler land in the US you can then transfer to domestic flights filled with people that had to have their shoes checked, while you didn't.  That certainly makes a lot of sense!

        Just took a Hong Kong-Seattle flight; no shoe check at Hong Kong, just liquids (and they check you for that at security AND at the gate...same at Kuala Lumpur)...at Narita they made us get off the plane and go through security AGAIN just to go back to the exact same gate and exact same plane we had just been on.  That was even more annoying than the shoe check in the States since by definition we were already in the secured area when we landed.

        The shoe check is freaking stupid.

        I like lemurs -6.50, -4.82

        by roadbear on Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 09:20:35 AM PDT

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