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Flying: It's now a trip
by Larry Wilson
Dec 28, 2009 | 312 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here we go again. Some yabadaba dodo has caused another airline safety issue to crop up so now we all are going to suffer just a little bit more. It’s not just the hassle, it’s the inconvenience and the loss of revenue as a result of people not flying because of fear or just tired of the hassles in general.

I know people who have figured that for the time they have to take to go to the airport to be checked in and run through security checks, they can be a good way down the road to wherever they are going, save the airfare and still have a vehicle when they get to their destination, saving the cost of a rental car as well.

I’ve felt for a long time that airlines and security officials allow way too much carry-on luggage. We should just get on the airplane, strap in and go. We don’t need all the toys, the laptops, the PDAs and the whatevers, either.

I’ve heard that people who have metal rods in their backs are scrutinized even closer than other people. Certain metal attachments on various medical devices cause even more scrutiny. I guess in reality, even a crippled 90-year-old widow could be turned into a bomb of sorts, so we need to be prudent and search these people even more than would be considered normal.

In this day and age, I don’t understand why they can’t have a SIM card made for each passenger that would picture all their metal screws and bolts, various supports for various reasons and then when this card were presented for scrutiny, if the real person matched the SIM card then they go on through with no more search necessary.

If we did go to a SIM card situation, people who travel frequently, pass security always and pass other criteria frequently could be treated as if they were traveling in the HOV lane on the freeway. They could not only go to the front of the line, but there could be other perks built in for this category of traveler as well.

There could even be whole flights made up of this category of flyer. Fares would be reduced, travel would be more comfortable and the passengers would be much more ready for their airline experience than they currently are.

I haven’t seen this implemented yet, but when we came home from Tanzania, Africa a few years ago, the flight crew shut the doors and proceeded – without warning – to spray the passenger compartment with a mosquito fogger ostensibly to rid all of us of any residual malaria parasites.

We were never told what was in the fogger nor were we forewarned that the flight crew was going to be doing this activity. I never contracted malaria so I guess that means it was successful, but I could just as well been poisoned.

That brings to mind another possibility: Do the fogger routine, but instead of bug spray, knock us all out for the duration of the flight. That way we don’t have the hassle of the goofy drink cart or the overpriced sandwiches or the screaming kids as well. Pleasant dreams and enjoy the flight, even you yabadaba dodos.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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