“Flying is a privilege, not a right. If you don’t like it, don’t fly.” Sound familiar?
I always offer people who use that argument a hundred dollars if they can kindly point me to the rail or bus schedule that will let me plan my overland trip to Berlin or Mumbai.
Obviously, that hundred-dollar bill is still crisp and still mine.
[The] Transportation Security Administration conducted what it calls a random “Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Operation” [VIPR] on Thursday morning at the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail station. … TSA has partnered with local law enforcement to conduct thousands of VIPR missions from coast to coast across the U.S.
For civil-liberties sticklers like me, not all is lost. Travelers who don’t want to subject themselves and their families to radiation machines and/or assorted crotch gropings by rubber-gloved government agents may still walk, possibly even bike. If I’m not mistaken, that’s still a right, not a privilege. Enjoy.
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.