What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
The following was sent today to the Air Transport Association—an organization whose “members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.” Thanks to Jesse for the idea.
To whom it may concern:
From a young age, I have enjoyed flying. I love its science and its efficiency.
It is with deep regret, however, that I write to inform you that from this time forward, I will no longer be patronizing any of your member airlines, relegated instead to traveling only by car. I am taking this action in light of the aggressive, arrogant, unlawful, and flagrantly immoral actions being imposed by the Transportation Security Administration as a condition of flying. My personal boycott of flying will remain in effect unless and until substantive changes are made to provide passengers a way to opt out of the naked, irradiating body scanners, and the “enhanced” pat downs.
I have searched in vain for any comment on this matter from your organization. You have remained silent on this issue. This, despite your mission to help “U.S. airlines to flourish” by working with your members “in the technical, legal and political arenas” and allegedly “support[ing] measures that enhance aviation safety, security and well-being,” as your about page claims.
The businesses you represent are losing, and will continue to lose at an increasing rate, substantial amounts of revenue due to travelers such as myself refusing to voluntarily subject themselves to these draconian measures. We are human beings, we are innocent, and we have rights. Until this is recognized, and procedures are changed to reflect these obvious facts, I will not fly.
You are, accordingly, strongly encouraged to take appropriate measures to speak out on behalf of your member airlines, and demand that reason and restraint be manifest in the process to secure airplanes. Americans are no longer fooled; TSA procedures are nothing more than “security theater”. We have had enough. Now, I and others like me will prove it by voting with our wallets.
Your member airlines have lost my business until they stand up and try to earn it back.