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Don't Fly If You Just Had Surgery! 453

mcgrew writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the TSA is now worried about surgically implanted bombs. Are they trying to get everyone to stop flying entirely? I know there's no way they'd get me in an airliner these days. I'll drive, even though it is far, far more dangerous."
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Don't Fly If You Just Had Surgery!

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  • by tmosley ( 996283 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @12:57PM (#36672704)
    This was the logical end of this stupidity. Face it folks, you can't be 100% safe, no matter how many liberties you give up.
  • by TheCarp ( 96830 ) < minus pi> on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:04PM (#36672784) Homepage

    I mean, your chance of death from crash is lower sure, but thats a pretty narrow definition of "danger".

    What about the "Danger" of being detained and missing your flight? The "Danger" of irradiation from newfangled machines that the TSA lied to the public about wrt safety and safety testing? How about the danger of having property taken from you? Forgot that little credit card tool with the knife in your wallet? fuck you, gone.

    The danger that you will run afoul of some new secret rule?

    I suspect the danger of being a victim of the TSA tips the scales in favor of driving.

  • by sstamps ( 39313 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:06PM (#36672804) Homepage

    It was precisely what the terrorists wanted in the first place.. to make us so fearful that we started to treat people even worse, on average, than most third-world dictatorial/theocratic regimes do. They hated us for our way of life (rightly or wrongly.. doesn't matter at this point), and they succeeded in making it worse by proving that our high-and-mighty principles of liberty and privacy weren't as high-and-mighty as we kept saying they were to the rest of the world.

    The only thing the TSA (and our government as a whole in the same vein) has done is to encourage the terrorists even more.

    I'm with the OP, though. I'll take a bus, train, ship, or drive myself before I will subject myself to their degrading and humiliating treatment.

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:08PM (#36672820)

    No, they should be disbanded and we should go back to the old security methods. They are clearly just security theater.

  • by jasno ( 124830 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:11PM (#36672876) Journal

    They've been ignoring the threat of butt-bombs for years now, even though a terrorist actually used that technique in 2009: []

    They also continue to ignore the fact that a liquid ban is ineffective when several travelers could combine their 3oz containers past the security checkpoint.

    We reinforced the cabin doors, and that's all we ever needed to do to prevent another 9/11. The fact that we've allowed our government to waste billions while molesting innocent citizens is just sickening.

  • by countertrolling ( 1585477 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:32PM (#36673094) Journal

    It was precisely what the terrorists wanted in the first place..

    Stop with the script reading, please... With its credibility in the shitter, it's what the government wanted in the first place. They had to use the terrorism angle to get us wimps to go long without questioning anything and distract attention away form its other abuses. Anybody who disagreed was immediately tagged.. Worked like a charm.. Exploitation of natural instincts always does

  • by houghi ( 78078 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @01:36PM (#36673112)

    They hated us for our way of life

    They did not hate us how we live our lives. They hated us because we told them how to lead THEIR lives.

    That does not mean they are not happy if all others do stoopid stuff. Makes them feel important, like feeding a troll.

  • by X.25 ( 255792 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @02:35PM (#36673668)

    They hated us for our way of life

    You still don't get it.

    Noone hates you for "your way of life".

    They hate you because of the things your government has done and is still doing.

  • by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @03:02PM (#36673964) Journal

    You both are right. We tell them that they should let their girls be sluts and dress like freaks and boys to be wimpy girlie men. The men should all watch pornos and get drunk. And everyone should be gay. All images from American/Western Media.

    The problem with this is that the left all think that it is our Government's fault, while the truth is, it isn't the government, it is all of us that is at fault.

    And this is why the whole idea by the left that we should be "nice" and they will "like" us is a load of crap. We were very nice to Saudi Arabia and yet it was a bunch of guys from there that blew up three buildings and nearly destroyed another on 9/11.

    Ultimately, you're wrong though, in the same way that blaming our Government or just "us" for Tim McVey's wacked out views and excusing his blowing up the building in OK City is wrong.

    There are nutjobs in the world, that are just willing to blow shit up and kill others simply because they are crazy, like the Unibomber, McVey, and the group that did 9/11. YOU cannot blame others for the actions of these. It is wrong to blame others.

    They hate us because we aren't them, and that is enough to blow shit up. That is the difference between them and us (ostensibly at least).

  • by sjames ( 1099 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @04:02PM (#36674790) Homepage Journal

    If they can continue to grope a pre-schooler who is clearly terrified and screaming "NO DON'T TOUCH ME!", they clearly already have a working heart extractor somewhere.

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