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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-11 03:09
Subject: [travel] The joys of flying as a cancer patient
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Tags:cancer, health, personal, travel
One thing I've learned about TSA screening is that if you approach the security area wearing a hat or gloves, you will always be randomly selected for additional screening. Apparently having peripheral neuropathy profiles one as flying while Muslim. So I routinely remove my hat and gloves now to be a compliant flyer and avoid the hassle. Still, it's more than a little weird.

Now TSA is warning us of surgically implanted explosives. Speaking as someone with an implanted medical device (chemotherapy access port in my right chest, a hollow titanium knob almost the size of a golf ball) and multiple surgery scars festooning my abdomen and chest, I'm pretty sure this will make me a high risk flyer once TSA starts scanning for evidence of surgical history.

Which, if it becomes true, will just piss me off. Basically, the sickest travelers will be in the high risk pool. We will be forced to explain, or possibly document, our medical histories. On top of the myriad indignities of serious illness will be heaped the ingenious indignities of TSA.

Meanwhile, yesterday in America, almost 90 people died from gun violence, almost 1,700 were killed by poor diet and a lack of exercise and a little over 1,200 were killed from smoking cigarettes. No people using the air transit system were killed by surgery patients or persons wearing hats and gloves.

Feel safer yet?

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Nicosian: world in my hands
User: nicosian
Date: 2011-07-11 12:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:world in my hands
its absurd.

This year, my household will no longer fly to, or IN the US. Its not worth the hassle and ridiculousness. There's no such thing as "better safe than sorry", and the lack of recourse for passengers who wish to file complaints....

I'll stick to flying to, and in countries where I'm welcomed, not stripped of my dignity at the door. Once with the extendo-patdown was enough in my life to trigger a general sense of nausea and unease at the idea of dealing with it again, and I object to the new scanners on several grounds ( they're expensive, ridiculous, and clearly, of no real use.)

I realize I'm fortunate in that I can opt to put the US on a no fly list of my own making.

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User: fledgist
Date: 2011-07-11 12:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, wonderful. I was reduced to tears once by the TSA (at the age of 52). Now, with a surgical scar running down my abdomen, I wonder how the TSA is going to find ways to humiliate me.
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-07-11 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope enough leisure time flyers vote with their dollars and the airlines and tourist destinations put up a stink about losing money over the TSA's discouraging tactics. With much of the baby boomers at ages where surgeries are more common place that might also be a lobbying point for AARP.

I'd feel safer driving anyway if the only people flying are terrorists as the TSA would have us believe.
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2011-07-11 18:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
The depressing thing is that supposedly "In a poll done late last year, the majority of Americans support all of the TSA’s procedures" (according to that link you gave earlier). Man, people are gullible.
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User: eposia
Date: 2011-07-20 07:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lymphedema sleeves also single you out for the feel-up/pat-down treatment.
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