Dying To Fly
by Becky Akers
by Becky Akers: Doggone,
They Lied to Us AGAIN
to death and taxes, we can add several more certainties to Benjamin
Franklin’s list. First, the TSA will savage passengers, particularly
those who are sick, elderly or otherwise vulnerable, in ways that
would have done the Nazis proud. And second, the agency will defend
such savagery as "proper procedure" no matter how horrifying
Dunaj, a 34-year-old woman with leukemia who will repair to a hospice
on October 17 for her last few months on earth. Before surrendering
to the inevitable, however, Ms. Dunaj decided to take one final
flight, "…what I call an 'end-of-life trip' because you want to
see your family and friends, …" she
explained. She also planned to visit the Aloha State: "Hawaii
was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen … Number
One on my bucket list."
And so Ms.
the airline ahead of time, asking for a wheelchair, carrying
documentation for her feeding tubes and making sure she had prescriptions
for all her medications, including five bags of saline solution."
Grapple with that, if you will, and measure our enslavement thereby,
that a dying serf must grovel to Our Rulers, corporate and otherwise,
before she may travel.
this plucky passenger flew from her home in Michigan to Seattle
enroute for Hawaii; she reports "no
problems" on the initial leg of her journey. From this
we deduce that Ms. Dunaj is exceptionally easygoing since the TSA’s
gate-rape consists of nothing but problems – egregious, enormous,
problems. We can also infer that the medical tubes protruding from
her body, and the bandages covering them, earned her the standard
abuse all passengers endure.
arbitrariness kicked in on her flight from Seattle to Hawaii, when
the tubes and bandages that had previously passed unnoticed suddenly
snapped the Gestapo to brutal attention: "she
received a full pat-down [sic for ‘sexual assault’] in the
security line … and had to lift her shirt" – ponder that
for a moment: the federal government ordering a taxpayer to expose
herself. Does despotism come any more debauched? – "and pull
back bandages so agents could get a good look. … Dunaj said a female
agent performed the pat-down [sic for ‘sexual assault’] and
asked her to lift up her shirt after feeling the tubes going into
Dunaj's chest and abdomen."
Yet this blatantly
dictatorial, criminally callous atrocity isn’t what agitated the
long-suffering Ms. Dunaj. Rather, "she said everyone else in
line got a look, too. ‘My issue is: It was in front of everyone,
and everyone was looking at me like I was a criminal or like I was
doing something wrong,’ Dunaj [said]…’It shouldn't have been in
front of everyone.’" No, it shouldn’t have been at all.
after annihilating liberty, the TSA substitutes a few measly "rights";
one of them is its version of "privacy": "All
passengers have important rights during a pat-down [sic
for ‘sexual assault’]. You have the right to request the pat-down
[sic for ‘sexual assault’] be conducted in a private room
And what happened
when our terminally ill passenger "requested" just that?
Our Masters refused. After all, what "rights" they grant,
they can also revoke – precisely
why the State hypes "civil rights" while liberty knows
only "inalienable" ones. Ms. Dunaj "said her
suggestion for a more private pat-down was dismissed. ‘I asked
them if they thought [the checkpoint] was an appropriate location,
and they told me that everything was fine,’ she said."
bags of saline? Yep: they formed as irresistible a target for the
TSA’s psychopaths as Ms. Dunaj herself. "She said another agent
punctured one of the saline bags she was carrying, ruining it."
Perhaps her imminent death has exhausted Ms. Dunaj’s outrage, because
rather than berating the ruffian responsible, she simply tolerated
the malfeasance. "I
didn't want to start getting upset" – "Start"?
Heck, I’d have been screaming and throwing things by now – "and
swearing and causing more of a scene or issue … But it definitely
wasn't handled properly." That receives my vote for Understatement
of the Year.
And what was
Our Rulers’ reaction to this unconscionable molestation of a dying
woman? The usual: "‘TSA
security officers are trained to work with each traveler to
ensure a respectful screening process,’ the TSA said in a statement"
– despite the clear and convincing evidence that they insult, mortify
and endanger every passenger. "…a physical pat down is still
necessary in some cases to resolve an alarm at the walk through
metal detector or an anomaly detected by advanced imaging technology.
TSA officers are trained to perform pat downs in a dignified manner"
– just as the IRS’s thieves are trained to steal our money "fairly"
– "and, at any point, passengers can request a private screening
with a witness present. We are sensitive to passengers [sic]
concerns about their screening experience and take every passenger’s
complaint seriously. … We work to make our screening procedures
as minimally invasive as possible" – go ahead and punch a hole
in the wall at such contemptuously flagrant lies: I did, and aside
from a broken hand, I feel better – "while still providing
the level of security that the American people want" – yo,
Goebbels: the American people have shrieked over and over that they
want the TSA abolished – "and deserve."
OK, we’ll give him that: the sheeple do indeed deserve the TSA.
But this infuriating
propaganda wasn’t enough: a day later, the agency that lies about
everything all the time libeled its victim as a liar: "TSA
said in a statement, ‘At no point did a TSA officer open the
passenger’s medically necessary liquids and the passenger was never
asked to remove or pull off any bandages.’" And yes, indeedy,
out came the boilerplate on "procedures": "‘We have
determined that our screening procedures were followed,’ [TSA Northwest
Region spokeswoman Lorie Dankers] said late Tuesday."
has publicized her ordeal because she "hopes"
it "might change the way the Transportation Security Administration
treats travelers with medical conditions." Alas, tragically
similar stories from thousands of "travelers with medical conditions"
– everyone from a
state legislator to a
man wearing a urostomy-bag – haven’t diminished such persecution
And even as
the TSA’s deviants were mortifying Ms. Dunaj in Seattle, their cohorts
at Kansas City International Airport were torturing a "cancer
survivor [who] had bilateral mastectomies in 2007." Though
Marcia Deitrick "is no longer shy about her experience, she
is protective of her body. ‘I do not want somebody touching me,’
Deitrick said." Well, who does?
said she has always opted for the body scanner to avoid a pat down,
but this time, that machine was not enough. Deitrick said the TSA
agent asked if she was wearing something on her chest. She
soon realized it was her scars the TSA screener took issue with."
Let us pause once more and muse: Amerika’s police-state has criminalized
scars, for pity’s sake. "The employee radioed in ‘an
anomaly,’ … and told Deitrick she need [sic] to check her
manually. ‘Then she ran the backs of her hands around my breasts
in full view of everybody," Deitrick said. ‘She was nice, she
was polite. But she didn't ask me if I wanted a private screening.
… I'm not an anomaly. I'm the reality of breast cancer just like
… 2.9 million women are, and I think that we deserve better … .
We deserve to have TSA screeners who know what they're looking at."
What is it
with this tame acquiescence to utterly degrading dictatorship? Lady,
you "deserve" to get on a plane without a pervert’s pawing
or ogling you. Demanding that the TSA commit either crime "better"
is like demanding that a rapist in the alley woo you with wine first.
anyone? Or does grass suit just as well? Baaaa, baaaaaa.
Akers [send her mail] is
a free-lance writer and historian. Her novel, Halestorm,
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