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    Vulture of The Western World Eric's Avatar
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    Not Gonna Fly This Time

    Writes Eli Cryderman:

    I have to travel from Chicago to Wichita in a few weeks and have opted to drive the ~10 hrs rather than deal with airports and airport parking loots lots, TSA mouth-breathing goons, irradiating porno-scanners, etc.

    Wichita doesn’t have many direct flights, so the time savings of flying are virtually nil when considering you have to drive to the airport, arrive early to give plenty of violation time and change planes. The 1,500-mile round trip, at a conservatively estimated 25mpg and $3/gallon of gas will cost $180; the same as a one-way flight would cost. When I told the woman who makes our travel arrangements that I was going to drive for the aforementioned reasons, she replied “You are not alone,” and that she’s already chosen to do the same with her traveling.

    I optimistically wonder if the airline industry will suffer enough of a drop in revenue from people choosing other means of travel to avoid being treated like a criminal, that they would lobby for a change in how and by whom security is administered to their clientele? The cynic in me says they’d use their lobbyists for bailouts instead. No matter; my family and I will no longer fly through airports with porn-scanners and will opt out of air travel completely when driving is a viable option (thank goodness my family is not on either coast!).

    Please keep the heat up on this topic; I feel more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the TSA is a joke and needs to be abolished.

    Q. Where are imaging technology machines located?

    A. Currently, there are 259 advanced imaging technology machines located at 58 airports nationwide. Airports that have the technology include the following:

    Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
    Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
    Boise Airport
    Boston Logan International Airport
    Bradley International Airport
    Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport
    Buffalo Niagara International Airport
    Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport
    Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
    Cleveland International Airport
    Corpus Christi International Airport
    Denver International Airport
    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
    Detroit Metro Airport
    El Paso International Airport
    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
    Fort Wayne International Airport
    Fresno Air Terminal
    Gerald R. Ford Grand Rapids International Airport
    General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
    Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
    Harlingen/Valley International Airport
    Harrisburg International Airport
    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    Indianapolis International Airport
    Jacksonville International Airport
    Kansas City International Airport
    Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
    Laredo International Airport
    Lihue Airport
    Los Angeles International Airport
    Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
    Los Angeles International Airport
    McAllen Miller Airport
    McCarran International Airport
    Memphis International Airport
    Miami International Airport
    Mineta San José International Airport
    Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
    Nashville International Airport
    Oakland International Airport
    Omaha Eppley Airfield Airport
    Palm Beach International Airport
    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
    Pittsburgh International Airport
    Port Columbus International Airport
    Raleigh-Durham International Airport
    Reno-Tahoe International Airport
    Richmond International Airport
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
    Salt Lake City International Airport
    San Francisco International Airport
    San Jose International Airprot
    Spokane International Airport
    T. F. Green International Airport
    Tampa International Airport
    Tulsa International Airport

    Airports receiving imaging technology soon:

    Chicago Midway International Airport
    Dulles International Airport
    Greater Rochester International Airport
    Honolulu International Airport
    Houston William P. Hobby Airport
    John F. Kennedy International Airport
    La Guardia International Airport
    Orlando International Airport
    Philadelphia International Airport
    Saipan International Airport
    San Antonio International Airport
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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    I agree with the sentiments of the author.

    When practical, it does not pay to go through the time and aggravation of the airport when I could take my car and drive in relative comfort.

    I also can avoid the baggage charges and surly passengers/airline personnel.

    Driving is also an opportunity to see other areas of the country. Although if traveling on a deadline you do not have much opportunity to stop and smell the roses.
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    I am surprised the scanners have not YET arrived in PHL or JFK, but I should be thankful for small blessings.
    Sincerely,
    Anthony

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