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The Liberal Insurgent
Posted by thefool_wa in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Aug 12th 2006, 12:32 PM
This discussion is intense and polarized. The most responses I have ever generated with an original post!
The past couple days have played out the stark reality that is the terrorist laden world we live in. When I first heard (via word of mouth) of the newest break in "the war on terror" and the stiffer security measures that have been enforced, I was leary of the need and angry at the further inconvenience those that would do us harm have forced those that would keep us safe to impose.

However, after some reading and research it seems painfully obvious how truly vulnerable air transportation is to the simplest of devices. It seems now that we are in an ever-escalating race to see what we can bar from air travel faster than the terrorists can come up with ways to use it to take down an airliner. It is now painfully obvious that this race is doing nothing more than creating huge lines and delays all over the world for people who, for the most part, do not give a rat's a$$ about any of the conflicts or differences of ideals that have created the danger.

It is also obvious that, since airplanes are the easiest way to spread massive amounts of panic and terror (the past 2 days are a stunning example, it works even if they don't pull it off), the terrorists are never going to stop trying to attack them.

In the midst of all of this, I have a solution that will all but eliminate the threat AND shorten security lines all over the country (even the world if everyone does this). Its actually quite simple:

You can only fly with the clothes on your back and what's in your pockets.

Everything else gets checked, PERIOD! The airlines would have to loosen weight restrictions a little and insure free beverage service on the planes. You want food? Eat on the concourse before you board. Have work to do? Too bad! People flew without laptops for decades. Medical accommodations can be pre-arranged and will need special screening areas, but the relatively small percentage of those who would need this service should make this only a minor issue.

It really is this simple and, quite frankly, it seems the only way to both eliminate the threat and restore the level of convenience we desire.
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