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18 March 2010 @ 11:10 am
Airport Security - Opionionated Post  
This is another one of those rare opinionated posts from me. I usually avoid such posts because I hate arguing with people. Especially online because since I can't hear tones, it's difficult to resolve problems. But this is just irking me.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/05/18/airport.security.body.scans/

Many people on my f-list know I am TERRIFIED of flying. It takes 2ML of Xanax and at least a half a bottle of vodka for me to even get on the plane without completely losing my mind. Before I was prescribed the Xanax, I was going to Miami for my sister in law's wedding. I got on the plane, we put everything in the overhead thing, and I lost it. I started sobbing and hyperventilating and just took off running. They were ready to close the door and let me out just before they did. One of the flight attendants came with me to help because I was just a mess.

Three main reasons I am scared to fly in no particular order:
- I am claustrophobic
- I am always worried the plane is going to crash
- I don't want to get blown up in a terrorist attack

This is where the above link comes into play. As of now, they have implemented these scanners in many airports around the US and I think in some other countries. Now, I know everyone hates security and no one would want to have to go through these things if we didn't have to, but really who gives a shit? I keep hearing about all this invasion of privacy crap. They are using it to PROTECT US. They aren't using the machines as something that others can get off on or so they can see you naked. They are using it so in case some asshole is suit casing a bomb, they can see it. People are so upset about this, it's idiotic.

I think people need to understand that flying is not a right. It's not. It's a privilege. If the government implements scanners, don't bitch about it. Think about it this way: would you rather have officials view a scan of you in a room away from the view of all the people around you in line and have a safe flight or would you rather take the chance of being blown up during the flight? Hell, if it came down to it, I'd strip down entirely if it meant that they would ensure me a 100% safe flight.

My entire family is going to Germany in April. I can't go due to my horrible fear of flying. I wish people could get over this shit. Then all it would take to get me on the plane would be the booze and pills to get over shaky flights and claustrophobia.
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silver_x_cross: BtVS/Ats Buffy Happy Slayersilver_x_cross on March 18th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I completely agree! (I also hate flying because I'm claustrophobic too) I get so frustrated when people complain that their 'rights' are being infringed when you're completely right, flying is a privilege. I'd much rather feel secure.
Lady Mansonladymanson on March 18th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
So agree with you! :)
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Lady Mansonladymanson on March 18th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I know they got one in LAX a few weeks ago. There are also scanners in some other states, but not any others that I have been to. I'm pretty sure they have them in England as well.

It's funny because if I finally get myself on a flight, I don't have a problem when it comes time to fly back home because I have already done it in such a little span of time and know it wasn't a big deal. I have found that I am one of those people who get themselves severely worked up over things that I haven't done in a while. I rarely fly because I rarely travel. If I was a person who flew on a normal basis, I feel I would be fine with it. I've talked to people about this and have had everyone tell me that they weren't comfortable flying at first but then just got used to it like anything else. The other big thing is that I feel I am not in control of the plane. My dad is a pilot and has a small plane which I have flown on numerous occassions. I have no problem with little planes or small jets because I feel like I can see what is going on. But when I'm in a big jet, I freak out. Most people are the exact opposite.
vltavskavltavska on March 19th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
I agree completely about this kind of thing- but it's a bit of an American mentality, from what I can tell- so many Americans love the sprout about how they have the right to bear arms, but if the gun laws were stricter, there would probably be less gun violence. And look, Australia has a fair bit of knife crime at the moment- stopping people from owning guns doesn't stop aggression. Anyways... my point being, people sing on about civil liberties without giving credit to people whose intention is to protect, not steal freedom.

As for your flying fear, I'm sorry you won't go to Germany. I know how strongly you feel about Germany and I'm really disappointed for you that you won't get to go. I've never been afraid of flying- having said that, no, I don't like it. But. I refuse to let things interupt my enjoyment of life. I used to be pretty weird about food- a bit OCD, not so much eating disorder anorexia kind of thing, but weird about germs, and it kind of manifested in my eating habits- and one day, I kind of realised- this brings me nothing. I achieve nothing, by being weird about food touching, being afraid to eat fish if it has bones, stuff like that. So that's quite different, but that's me relating to your fear, with my old fear, and saying, I'm sure in time you can work on it and bring yourself to conquer that fear.

*hugs*
Lady Mansonladymanson on March 19th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
But. I refuse to let things interupt my enjoyment of life.
I really like this part of your response. I was thinking abut this last night and thought about how many times I had the chance to be injured or killed on the ground, let alone the air. Odds are, I'd be more likely to be hurt down here than in the air. I walk through seriously bad crime ridden neighborhoods from time to time. One of the areas of Minneapolis is one of the biggest spots for human traficking in the country and if I can walk around down there unafraid, I should realize that a plane is considerably safer.
vltavska: Clairevltavska on March 21st, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked something about my response, because I was afraid I would come off as obnoxious or something.

It's hard, coz a real phobia doesn't answer to logic- but you're quite right, there's probably a lot in your life that is more dangerous than catching a flight.