Airport checkpoints? Mr. Ventura, I feel ya

  • Article by: DAVID BANKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2011 - 7:50 PM
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merleingaNov. 9, 11 8:02 PM

The security protocols now are ridiculous--like it makes any difference if the terrorist got the bomb on the plane vs simply doing the deed in the terminal's waiting line. No difference in its impact on our travel, actually the later could be worse. What we have now is mostly a waste of time.

pitythefoolsNov. 9, 11 8:23 PM

If the shoe bomber got us to take off our shoes, why didn't the underwear bomber make us take off our underwear? Surely there are better ways. And frankly, how many successful (ie not made up by the government to scare us) attacks have occurred in the US since 9/11. Anyone can strap on a bomb vest and go into a crowded building. Heck the Sterling Hall bombing in the 1970's was just fertilizer and oil in a pickup truck. Same for Oklahoma City. Where are these scary terrorists?

xenonimusNov. 9, 11 9:31 PM

We've been traveling this road for a long time. We've simply replaced the Cold War with the War on Terror. One of my favorite songs, from back in the day, says it all: "Beneath the noble bird / Between the proudest words / Behind the beauty, cracks appear / Once with heads held high / They sang out to the sky / Why do their shadows bow in fear?" - RUSH, 'Anthem' (Fly By Night, 1975). **Attention Screener** Quoting a segment of a song is covered under the Fair Use doctine of copyright law. Look it up. Then post my comment this time, since it is in full compliance with your Terms of Use.

boshkNov. 9, 11 9:57 PM

just give yourself an extra day and drive. flying isnt worth the hassle anymore. whether it be the security lines, baggage fees, or delta bumping you off your flight because you should have known better then to fly in july.

fittobetiedNov. 9, 11 9:57 PM

Ok, understood, but Jessie, lose the emotional connection with these issues. You seem to be a little over-reaching on issues. If you like Mexico, that's understood but I can't imagine fairness and equity are met in comparison. Have fun?

mnmaggiemnNov. 9, 1111:46 PM

I drive everytime. I have to take trips to Idaho regularly and this year I added a trip to Maryland. So, it takes a day, well how much time are we spending getting to the airport, waiting, screening, flying??? In the end yes flying is a little faster but not fast enough for me to go through this. The government helps us all live in fear and in return we lose our freedoms. I will not fly, just drive. Plus in the end, I can make a trip and a couple hundred gas one way, bring multiple people, see the sights, enjoy myself without risk of being embarassed in front of a bunch of people and its always more fun than flying.

bhappyNov. 10, 1112:14 AM

Delta sucks. I could go on, but you all know what I am talking about. This is why flying is so bad. I can tolerate 10 minutes of security BS. It is Delta that makes a trip so awful. I can't figure out why this crappy airline still has a monopoly here. They no longer employ many people here. Lets open up their gates to airlines that are interested in providing good service and reasonable fares.

BUDNov. 10, 11 1:04 AM

bhappy. If you are going where Sun Country is flying, use them. I'm through security at Humphrey very quickly even when the line is long or at holidays. Once I get to the security machines it takes no time at all. It's other passengers with two fists full of change, a very large belt buckles that slow it down. Be ready once you get to the belts. I've only been delayed once for a plane with mechanical problems. Always fast, safe and almost all flights are direct.

bearclaw500Nov. 10, 11 5:11 AM

I stopped flying altogether. I got tired of the police state. Unfortunately, I do not see this reversing anytime soon. The American sheeple just continue voting for this stuff. By the time they realize what is going on it will probably be too late.

midwestgolfNov. 10, 11 6:51 AM

jesse may not have communicated his side of this issue very well but....he does have a few very good points. we have a constitution and bill of rights that is supposed to protect us from this very type of search. remember, the 9/11 hijackers didn't use bombs in their act, they used box cutters. an armed air marshall, or a secure cockpit door, on any of those planes would have stopped them cold. the federal government is using the airport 'pat-downs' as a gateway to more intrusive searches on all of us....all under the blanket of 'national security'. don't be surprised if searches of your car or the interest of national security...happen within the next 5-10 years. and if this happens, you can just as well tear up those 2 founding documents and see your rights go right down the toilet. then you'll look back and say '....maybe jesse was right'


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