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It was almost #666…

I posted my very first comment to the New York Times today in response to new TSA airport security procedures.  Apparently, security which gives you the option to subject yourself to low-dose radiation or submit to public groping has pushed the public over the edge, and prompting 847 reader comments (I’m lucky # 665).

National Opt-Out Day this Wednesday will be a telling sign of where things are headed. First, let me say I love the idea. I especially love that it seems to have come from one, fed up guy proposing it over the internet. But I have real concerns it’s going to have the effect many of us are hoping for.

Put yourself in that security line. It’s loud. It’s long. You’re gripping your boarding pass and ID while trying at the same time to take off your belt and shoes, stuff your wallet and coat in one bin and your laptop in the next, put your toothpaste in a separate baggie and not loose any of it, all the while looking at your watch, knowing you have somewhere to be. This, mind you, is a best-case scanario, and doesn’t factor in the countless people traveling with kids, or wheelchairs, or prescription medication…

You are going to want out of that situation. You have big plans for a big meal that you do not want to miss. At this point, all intentions aside, I think a lot of people will just submit to the scan so they can keep going.

I certainly don’t blame anyone for making that decision, and honestly question my own resolve in a situation like this. Even if the opting out goes on according to plan in the morning, cascading delays may quickly make people think twice. We are talking about a 2-minute TSA inconvenience vs. a ruined holiday for a lot of folks, should they miss their flight.

Anyway, strength and courage to all T-day travelers who want to opt out. May this story from Gizmodo help you keep your resolve.

I’ll be right behind you at Christmas.