Commentary: Are the Friendly Skies Friendly Anymore?

Jul 11, 2011 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico

Sometimes, people send me stuff that I just have to share.

I am indebted to Beverly Eakman for sending me the following lead paragraph from one of her pieces in New American.

“June wasn’t a good month for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

While Lena Reppert, the 95-year-old wheelchair-bound U.S.-born woman with terminal cancer, was being humiliated into removing her soiled adult diaper by TSA agents in Florida on her final trip home to die, a male with dual Nigerian-American citizenship, Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi , was casually frolicking through airport security checkpoints all across America — on stolen boarding passes, with only a University of Michigan ID card, and on flights that didn’t correspond to the destinations on the boarding passes.”

Beverly’s excellent article goes on to discuss various other atrocities that border on the unbelievable, the extreme, the utterly preposterous, and just plain sad.

You have to read the entire article to believe it.

And Beverly has provided the links which will take you further into this realm of disaster.

Sometimes things are so bizarre that even I can’t comment on them, so today, I am going to let my good friend Ray Stevens comment on what appears to be the ” Unfriendly Skies”

Click below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdtCzLQxrL0

Now if any of the airlines want to prove me wrong, I would like to go to London or Paris or even Rome this winter–for Christmas maybe? I can check out the skies myself- to see if they are friendly or unfriendly.

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