A better title for this might be: "Reason No. 764 I Don't Fly", and it mostly boils down to the sheer inconvenience in my perception to getting on and off the aircraft.   I have little patience with our government wanting to remove old ladies and the infirm from their wheelchairs in a 'pat-down', or taking beloved dolls away from little girls who just got them from their grandparents at Christmas.

As for flying itself, that's fun and I have no reservations.

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Back in the late 70's a friend had a pilots license and we routinely got up a group of folks and went to New Orleans, Dallas, or wherever for the weekends.  I sat in the front right seat so often that one time the pilot was having difficulty staying awake before we boarded, so I got us all home from Love Field safe and sound.    ...but that's a story for some other time and I'll need to check into some FAA statutes of limitations first before I tell you.

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The TSA has gone too far recently in inspections and practices and I'm citing three examples:

1) A Connecticut restaurant, Atlantic Seafood sold a woman 50 lb of live lobster to take to her home in Georgia.  The restaurant did their usual swell job of carefully wrapping the animals with paper, added salt water to keep them wet and moist and carefully packed them for air-shipping as they've done many times.  At the bottom of the ice chest was one 15 lb lobster she'd picked out, larger than all the rest.  The package was clearly marked: "Fragile - Live Lobsters".

The woman and the restaurant owner was outraged when a selfie of a TSA agent appeared, the agent holding the hugest crustacean by it's claws, which could have snapped off. Furthermore the agents did not carefully repack the lobsters, but threw them back in haphazardly the big one on top, crushing the smaller ones. See the photo here

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2) A TSA Supervisor, who formerly worked at the San Francisco International Airport just pleaded guilty to taking bribes, as he looked at the ceiling while 50 lb packages of cocaine went through his x-ray machine.  And this has been going on for years.  Bobby Napier, the man who paid the bribes to the supervisor Joseph Scott - told the court that he'd been paying Scott for years to help smuggle both cocaine and marijuana. More about that here. How many other TSA agents could be part of a dope ring?

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3) And finally, earlier this year on it's own accord with no direction from Congress or anybody else - the TSA began screening your books and magazines prior to boarding. Airports across the country were named, in particular Sacramento (the capitol of California) and Kansas City.

Privacy advocates sprang into action including the ACLU, (I agree with them).  What we read is or can be very private, almost sacred to us.  No one in America has a right to know what's in your mind or every potential thought you may have.  According to the ACLU's Jay Stanley there is a long history in the US for 'special legal protection' of the privacy of one's reading habits.  See Stanley's full remarks here.

The TSA has stated they have retracted the 'papers' program and claim to no longer be perusing your books at boarding, anywhere in the country.

Overall I think the TSA is a good and worthy idea, even though after all these years they've yet to catch a terrorist or find one bomb - they're a necessary evil in the times we live in, and will be until the time comes in this country where we don't have to be concerned about terrorism.  It's better to err on the side of caution.

But on the other hand, there's the old saw: 'absolute power, corrupts absolutely', and the TSA needs to be overhauled from top to bottom and re-organized with common-sense rules and day-to-day practices.

Only then, will I think of flying commercial again.