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Links 1 through 8 of 8 by Chris Turner tagged flying

John Tyner's now-famous encounter with the TSA in San Diego over the body scanning machines and enhanced pat-down policy, including the video he shot.

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John Tyner attempts to answer some common questions that showed up via e-mail and in the comments section of his original post on his TSA encounter in San Diego.

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"The government, via the TSA, is saying that travelers can opt out of the protections afforded them by the U.S. Constitution. The problem with this is that there is no comparable alternative to flying for travel over long distances. By federalizing the security of all air travel, the government has severely limited (note that I do not say "removed") people's ability to move freely about the country by making them choose between air travel and their 4th amendment protections. Taken as a whole, the government is effectively removing the restrictions placed on it by the constitution by making it seem as though the people are willingly accepting the change..."

The federal government has inserted itself between two private parties involved in a business transaction, which just happens to be about traveling freely within the borders of one's own nation.

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"If a plane was hijacked and crashed once per week, you would still be more likely to be killed driving to the airport to get on that plane. The takeaway from this should be that terrorism (in the air) just isn't that common."

Tyner notes that while we must take security of airliners seriously, the fears behind this particular security threat are really overblown.

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"In the same breath that it used to announce a $213 million second-quarter loss, Continental said it will add a $5 surcharge to bag fees paid at the airport. Passengers can avoid the surcharge by paying the fee online. The new airport fees, which come to $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second, are effective immediately for travel August 19 and beyond.

"Delta is also adding a $5 surcharge, effective for tickets booked on or after July 16 for travel on or after August 4. Delta's airport bag fees will also jump to $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second."

That's right, you pay a fee for paying a fee. Have these buffoons give any thought to the fact that part of their profit losses may have to do with the incredibly crappy customer service they deliver? Just keep sending more business to Southwest, morons.

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Great article on the symbiotic relationship a community has with business. Great reminder of the inherent selfish nature of people, too.

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The FAQ on the new $15 for the first checked bag policy, and the few exceptions. I think we'll be looking to fly Southwest more in the future.

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"We're bleeding cash. What can we do to make up the shortfall?" "Reduce our number of flights & give great customer service?" "Nah, let's just nickel & dime our customers until they won't fly us any more."

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