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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My letter to the airlines:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter to thank you all for the many flights I have enjoyed with your Airline company over the last 40 years. It has been for the most part a pleasure to fly with you all, and the service has been exceptional.

I regret to inform you that I will never be using your services again. Due to the intrusive, and to my mind illegal, searches being performed by the “TSA” on passengers, I will never board another airplane.

It saddens me to know that I will never again be able to whisk from O’Hare or Midway to destinations in the US or abroad, but I will not subject myself to the indignity of an unwarranted, intrusive, and constitutionally illegal search which demands that I either allow an unknown person to view my naked body, or submit to fondling in intimate places by an unknown individual.

(Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.)

I don't think walking into an airport, or wanting to fly down to see my Dad constitutes "probable cause" that I am a "Terrahist".

It also appears from recent news stories, that even showing up at the airport and then attempting to leave without boarding the flight when refusing to submit to these indignities is being met with outrageous threats of tens of thousands of dollars in “fines” and threats of legal actions. This is patently unacceptable.

I will endure the discomfort and tedium of driving to my destinations here forward as a result. No “safety” can be assured by these authoritarian, police-state methods, and as an American Citizen, I refuse to submit to this.

Unfortunately, I cannot wish you well. I hope with all my heart that these TSA atrocities cause you to lose sufficient revenues that you and your fellow airlines team together to address the issue with airports and the government to remove the scanners and cease the intrusive “pat-down” methods.

Until then – fly safely – and please, please lose a lot of money.

5 Comments:

  • At 7:48 PM, Blogger rauf said…

    9/11 has created lot of opportunities for making money Sew, and excuse to barge in to your apartment bug your place listen to your conversation, your credit card transactions, locate you where you are through your mobile, they record your calls. they know what you had for breakfast.

     
  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger rauf said…

    No, this has nothing to do with trorsm. they want to monitor even the harmless cows. They are actually more interested in what you buy. Its money after all. No fear actually. They pass on the information to the business people

     
  • At 9:47 AM, Blogger rauf said…

    Happy Thanksgiving Sew, enjoy the day and eat well

     
  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Mango said…

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave words on my blog when I had my scary seizures. I am sure that all the good thoughts that came through the internets scared the seizure monster away and I am feeling great. All the wonderful comments also helped momma to feel less stressy and that means a lot.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

     
  • At 11:58 PM, Blogger enigma4ever said…

    great letter..loved it..since I am on a No Fly list I too will always be a Train person..always...

     

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