C Porche replied to the topic Help TSA Out of This Mess! Share Your Ideas to Improve Travel Right Now! in the forum Miscellaneous 9 years, 7 months ago
You have hit my pet peeve!!! I know amtrak gets a lot more of my business. Before TSA: Yes I have been pat down – by Isreali’s- they even went into my lipstick enroute and upon arrival. And I was part of an audit on Federal funds received by their government 2 years earlier. ( so I was feeling mite the injustice of it all then -but toughed it out relieved it was over) When working abroad for the Feds overseas, I was groped in Paris by airport security – a female- as I went from one section to another. Full disclosure, I was in the WTC for the 1st bombing.
Post 9/11-As a single Mom with a child, TSA needs more skills- I endured morbid fear that I would get arrested over a sippy cup. Last year, I had an awful experience in Charlotte. They chose to change trays going between my three year old and I- the one second he squirmed away and I was about to regrip- Twice! – boarding and departing. Did I look like a sucker or something? And the little one is wandering away all chirpy poking his hand in the conveyer belt and I am fighting to maintain a sunny disposition separated by a column of trays trying to get closer to him. Oh yeah patting down the 3 year old through the metal detector and the shoe removal process with cloth booties when he was 2 that required a stiff upper lip.
However, the power trip of some- the only element of authority they may ever have reveling in discomfort irks me. I recognize it from when I worked in a developing country with the questionably democratic incumbent government’s security who enjoyed the ego stroke of holding folks back because they cld. It is demoralizing.
I am so sympatheric about my colleagues ‘s blue haired friends way past 65 years old who were getting pulled over as that one example of not being profiled over and over again- consistently. When they took cheaper puddle jumper to their destination and return they were statistically off the charts for selection in all their legs ( flown). They felt like the targeted exception to the rule. It has generated a lot more dynamism in their travelling expectations and was not a welcomed one.
I would like procedures in place that respect my child and I as a unit, I want consistency, and improved customer service. DC has a line for families that pregister. Hey if I submit to background check, its on file with my information- even finger prints, let me go through a speed line. Be fair and reasonable.
Moreover, if I have to democratically abide by the rules, I am not sympathetic about folks throwing out their faith to allow them special treatment- Christian , Buddhist, Muslim. Meanwhile, I am beginning to love that auto train to Florida. I highly recommend it.
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