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Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010, 12:06 am
Airports: 1989 USSR vs. 2010 USA

I took my first flight on the way out of Russia. The airport "security" in Pulkovo, Leningrad in 1989 was less intrusive than in 2010 Nashville International. The checkpoint personnel were equally surly though.

By comparison, I don't even remember the security in 1989 Italy and the 1993 German airports were cheery and friendly by comparison. When your country's air travel compares unfavorably to the USSR, it just may be a cause for concern.

TSA doesn't want anyone to remark on their actions.

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
sashok_privetov

That is very true. I can confirm all of this.
I do remember the Italians being... excitable. They liked to talk with their hands a lot. And what was absolutely acceptable in emotionally reserved Austria, for some unknown reason was not in Italy.

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
dwertys

Back in USSR :)

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
hugh_mannity

Guess the TSA got tired of being told "don't touch my junk"!

I remember Bahrain, Bombay, Singapore, Perth, Sydney, London, Paris, Qattar, Damascus, Baghdad, and Dahran airports during the 1970s an 1980s as having very unobtrusive security. Despite the numerous hijackings that occurred during that period.

Mostly, in Europe, I travelled by train where the worst thing that happened was weather-related delays and British Rail cheese sandwiches.

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

So, now they're assaulting the 1st amendment, too, eh?

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
kylecassidy

When your country's air travel compares unfavorably to the USSR, it just may be a cause for concern."

you can say that again.

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
coldservings

Back in the late 70's, when I was in high school, I was talking with a friend of mine about how, at the time, it seemed that the USSR was becoming "more like the US" and the US was becoming "more like the USSR" (both, at that time, still had a long way to go.

I made a wisecrack about the idea of the two passing each other down the road. I never really dreamed that I might see the day when that would actually happen. (Not saying it has, but it doesn't strike me as so impossible any more, at least not from the US side.) :(

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
vvova: увидел в новостях

http://iainsinclair.com/card_sharp_info.html
как представил, что забыл в кармане и в аэропорту типа JFK нашли так аж вздрогнул:) не куплю, а видео красивое и цена ничего

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): "Comment" sign

The comment sign is interesting. It's precursor had slightly different text, something along the lines of mentions or jokes concerning bombs or weapons would be taken seriously, and lead to criminal/civil penalties. This ominously vague revision is designed clearly to intimidate, for clearly, few jokes are criminally or civilly prosecutable, even stuff like asking for a date or dinner after being felt up.

The intimate power they don't actually have, daring you to find where their power actually begins.

That the move of a thugs, not a guardian or public servant.

-gwa.45

Wed, Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

well this is maybe the USA have financed all islamic terrorists around the world to sell weapons that now they take in hostage the US citizens by forcing companies to pay for scanners at checkpoints.
It's all about capitalism.

Thu, Dec. 23rd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

SEATAC has had signs with the no symbol over the word "jokes" for at least a few years. I don't know if they've updated their signage, or if it's still there, but it always made me giggle when I saw it.

Thu, Dec. 23rd, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
staghounds: Is

"MMMMMMMMM......AHHHHHH....."

a joke or a statement?

That would be funny actually, I can hear the complaint now-

"That on Date, Defendant did in violation of X U. S. C. XXX moan while being patted down by a TSA inspector."

How about Allah Akbar?

And, as to Soviet screening- who ever tried to take something OUT of the USSR?

Thu, Dec. 23rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
olegvolk: Re: Is

The Soviets did confiscate a roast chicken which my family took for the in-flight meal.

Thu, Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Is

what's the difference between soviets and capitalists in the US? they all are thieves, the first ones with the support of the state, the others with the support of bankers.

Thu, Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
olegvolk: Re: Is

I love capitalists. I dislike rent-seekers and state-sponsored coersive entities.

Thu, Dec. 23rd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Is

see you in few years when China, by being the biggest capitalist country in the world, will, in the name of capitalism and with the support of the bankers, dominate and decide everything for the US citizens, just because they will own the entire US industry and services and reduce to silence the small businesses.

Fri, Dec. 24th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
maineshark: Re: Is

You're describing socialism (specifically, fascism), not capitalism.

Fri, Dec. 24th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
staghounds: Oh I don't know about that

All they have to control us with is our money, we can make that worthless to them any time.

I mean, we are now- China is the only brake on domestic inflation- but we could do it all at once, and only to them.