For Christmas 2010, I
drove from California to Colorado, over 20 hours each way, to avoid the
indignity of the TSA's whole-body scanners. I wrote letters to several
airlines explaining why I wasn't flying:
I am writing to say that I will drive for 20 hours for my holiday travel
rather than fly your airline. This is in response to the TSA's
whole-body scanners and their general policy of harassment. What they
are doing is wrong and you are in a position to do something about it.
These are their responses.
||Frontier. Grade: D. I used to like Frontier a lot, but this
reply changes my mind. The worst parts are the unthinking "we support
their efforts toward ensuring the safety of the traveling public" and
the parroting of the company line with respect to safety concerns.
||Southwest. Grade: B. I don't mind the passing of blame to the
TSA very much; while the airlines are complicit of not fighting hard
enough, I don't think they can be blamed for originating the
||Delta. Grade: B. At least doesn't attempt to belittle or
refute my concerns.
||United. Grade: F. United can go to hell. "While your comments
are appreciated" means the exact opposite of what it says. Thoughts like
"we are unable to change or influence the TSA on policies that ensure
the safety of our travelers" are what allow evil people to get away with
||American. Grade: B. Also passes the buck to the TSA, but
doesn't express alignment with its goals.