Your Laptop in Your Bag
by David Burns
day I had an interesting experience with TSA and it reminded me
of an excellent article I read on your website by Gary North called
To Gum Up Any Institution."
the story of Vladimir Bukovsky, who single-handedly grounded operations
in the Soviet Gulag to a halt by using their own rules against them.
It's an incredible story, and I recommend that anyone interested
in defeating the State read it.
I was waiting
in line to go through the X-ray machine/Porno Scanner. TSA was alternating
sending folks through one or the other, causing major delays of
course. After passing through, I was held up for another 10 minutes
while my bags were in their X-ray machine because the traveler in
front of me left his laptop in his bag. I have no idea why laptops
must be removed from their bags, nor do I really care because every
TSA rule is arbitrary and pointless to discuss.
But why did
it delay all of the travelers behind this gentleman 10 minutes?
Because TSA welfare cretins must follow the rules, just like the
Soviets in Gary North's story. The person examining the bags going
through cannot inspect the bag that he flagged for review. He cannot
use discretion and allow it to pass (after all, if prudent judgment
was his strength, he wouldn't be working for the TSA.) The officer
has to yell "bag check!" and wait for a supervisor to
come over. And wait. And wait. And wait. This is why TSA stands
for Thousands Standing Around. Each person can only do one job at
a time. There is no multitasking. If the supervisor is busy, as
she was at this time, every other TSA perv continues their current
duty which basically amounts to staring into nothingness
as they contemplate how they will spend their big government paychecks.
was predictable. At first the TSA creep running the machine was
apathetic to the delay this was causing us. After all, from his
point of view, he's not getting delayed, nor does he really have
any vested interest in making sure we have an enjoyable experience
at the airport (which pretty much explains why no one ever has an
enjoyable experience at the airport, by the way!) As time passed,
I saw him getting unsettled in response to the grimaces and decreasing
patience on our part. I did my best to look him in the eye with
an expression that could only say "I want to eat your face."
He made a couple of attempts to question the traveler's supposed
stupidity in not following their so-very-important rules, but the
offender an Asian man pretended not to hear him/speak
I was giving him the death stare, an idea occurred to me
an idea that was the result of reading North's article. I will never
take my laptop out of my bag again, and I encourage all of your
readers to do the same. It gums up the works. It grinds the entire
operation to a halt without any serious ramifications to the offending
traveler. (He gets a 1 minute pat-down and an even shorter, somewhat
hilarious lecture on passenger safety.) But for the passengers behind
him it is a huge hassle, having to wait for no apparent reason while
they see dozens of TSA nincompoops standing around doing nothing.
argue that this is passive-aggressive behavior created to deal with
fear. My reply would be, so what? I admit that I'm afraid. I'm afraid
I'll miss my flight. I'm afraid I'll get into a confrontation with
an agent that will escalate. I'm afraid that I'll be put on a no-fly
list, making it nearly impossible to visit family and friends. I
readily admit my fears. Gumming up the works sure beats living in
fear. It's something I can do, and do often, without having to worry
about getting caged or beaten or banned.
object that I'm making life miserable for innocent travelers behind
me. I can understand that and I sympathize with that view. I know
I didn't find it very pleasant to be delayed by 10 minutes. But
as those who support the TSA always tell me, "If you don't
like it, you don't have to fly."
So leave your
laptop in your bag. Grind TSA operations to a halt with a simple
act of non-violence. Then pretend you had no idea they had such
a rule in the first place.
Burns [send him mail] is
a Network Security Specialist based out of Southern California.
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