Posted On: Friday - June 5th 2020 8:09PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  US Police State  Kung Flu Stupidity
(I ran upon this one in a mess of TSA photos. Couldn't help myself, gotta have those eyeballs!
It's a real squeeze... uh, for Americans right now between the LOCKDOWN stupidity and the normal everyday stupidity, or at least that's what I saw at the airport today. The long-term reader will know that Peak Stupidity has a real problem with the TSA and other Police State functionaries of the US Feral Gov't. Really, if you don't fly much, these thoughts can be left behind, but for those who do, it's just more sickening each time.
To illustrate the scene to be described in this post, picture a checkpoint situation like shown below, for a small-sized American airport*.
First, there was the one guy with just a minor indignity. "You can't take these in carry-on luggage", I overheard. Looking at the "output" conveyor there was a can of deodorant and a tube of toothpaste. I guess they were both over 3 ounces, the lower bound, apparently, of the amount of gel and aerosol that terrorists can make good use of. "Just keep it", the guy said. He really wasn't angry but just disgusted with the stupidity of the whole process. I had a quick conversation with him, not caring who overheard, about the fact that this organization is not associated with the airlines (a lot of people don't know that).
Next, I overheard a younger guy, back before all the x-ray/metal-detectors/what-have-you, asking the TSA people when he could get through. I heard the guy tell them (not for the first time, I gathered) that no, he didn't have a newer driver's license for an ID. See, he was not able to renew it because the Motor Vehicle Department had been closed for months. If he tried to get whatever other form of ID he might have from home, he'd miss his flight, as he lived an hour and a half away. He had even called the airline** ahead, who'd told him he should be OK with the old ID.
In the meantime, masks may or may not have been required (I didn't wear one), and people were told to stay 6 ft. apart, and there were those damn stickers on the floor again. ("I have one word about your future, Ben." "Yes, Sir?" "Stickers.")
It was just one frustration after another for the guy, who was paying good money to simply go from point A to point B. He got through eventually, as I saw him get on the flight. His destination, after 2 legs, would have been a 2 day drive, but I wonder if he was considering that for next time.
These were two decent guys, trying to live with the BS piled upon more BS of 2020 daily life. Yet, somehow, they weren't about to riot. There's a lot of tolerance in Americans, perhaps too much.
* I wanted to add more about this, the scene at different sized TSA "venues", but I'll leave that for later.
** Again, the TSA doesn't work for the airlines, but that guy would have never gotten a hold of someone from the TSA in some Washington, FS office to get his concerns answered.