Once upon a time in America, people lived with dignity, good manners and kindness. We followed the rules, and expected to live long and die happy. The bombing of the World Trade Center on 9/11 changed all that. Now many of us follow the rules out of fear.
When Steve and I learned that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) had a Pre-Approval pass, we joined the program. They do a background check on us to verify that we are not terrorists and then issue us a TSA Preapproval number that is supposed to get us through the airport screening process faster.
It does work. I don’t have to remove my shoes and I think the TSA Pre line is shorter than the regular line, but that is the only advantage. I still encounter the rude, crude, unpleasant TSA agents at the gate. I keep hoping I will meet one, just one TSA agent who will treat me with respect.
I am very careful not to say anything or do anything that will have them put me in a separate room for questioning. I don’t want to miss my flight. I say a prayer of thanks every time I make it through the gate. The rules are always different.
I realize my time to speak up is not when I am taking a flight, but after, when I am not afraid of missing the flight and the consequences that would entail. I am most frustrated by the TSA process because they never answer my questions. Their word is law.
Now States are passing laws saying which bathrooms people are allowed to use. I don’t carry my birth certificate with me stating my gender to allow entrance.
I can just imagine getting off a plane rushing to get to a bathroom and being held up at the door to verify my gender matches the sign on the door. Keep in mind that each bathroom will require a door attendant to check the sex of each user. That is at least three people per bathroom (8 hours x 3 = 24 hours.)
Why not just make single person bath rooms? Problem solved.
I worked in the same building with a person who was changing from a man to a woman. We used to share smoke breaks together. She told me of the mistreatment she received and how difficult her journey was to pursue her life as a woman. Bathroom use was one of the biggest issues for her at work. I cannot imagine anyone changing their sexual orientation just to prey on the opposite sex.
When we solve the two problems above, maybe we can convince the airlines to give us more leg room like they did in the old days.
God Bless and remember, your vote does make a difference.
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