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January 14, 2007



As with many things, air travel has lost much of it's glamour and appeal. Since the establishment of Fatherland Security and it's duplicious capos, the TSA, even starting a trip is an awful experience.

The TSAssholes, previously seen flipping burgers or driving rental car shuttles, wield complete power over ones possessions and persons with the arbirary zeal of lesser satraps.

Your shoes, your suit jacket, your toothpaste are all subject to the unreasonable 100% criteria of inspection. Forget probable cause or warrants issued - what is in the least 'reasonable' about requiring 100% of travellers to take off their shoes??

Getting past the visceral disgust at the attitude of these flunkys obeying the absolute letter of secret regulations (just ask to see the law/legislation that TSA bases it's regulations on sometime), the cattle car loading of planes comes next.

Don't get me wrong, I understand the efficiency of it, but it is a long, long, long way from the welcome aboard of das gut olden days.

Finally, you are in the air. Now it's time to enjoy the fabulous buy-on-board mystery boxes. Even in first class, the meager fare with plastic utensils is at a level only slightly below that found in Long John Silver's. At least then, one can still count on unlimited booze, but nix on the champagne.

The stewardesses are probably the only thing left from the last of the good days. It seems the average senority is in the 20 year range. The perky ingenues like Gwenyth Paltrow in View From The Top are so rare as to be nearly urban legend. But they once roamed the asiles like herds of frisky fillies.

alas, so it is with so much of life.

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