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Security – how far is too far?

There is a lot of hubbub about the new security measures that have been put into place in the wake of the attempted bombing of the Detroit-bound flight on Christmas day. Passengers bound for American destinations are being subjected to a lot more scrutiny at the point of departure – especially if you are unlucky to be travelling on a passport from one of 14 countries that the U.S. deems to be a threat.

Though I don’t really understand why poor old Cuba is on the list – and I thought Obama would have a different approach to Canada’s fave sun-spot!

But I digress.

Here’s the thing – the Americans have every right to set the rules with regard to flights that are over their airspace or that land in one of their ports of entry. It’s called “sov-er-eign-ty”. Yes, the full body searches are invasive and in 99.999999% of cases, completely unfounded and unnecessary. Yes, they are engaging in racial profiling, which most Canadians find objectionable. Yes, they are delaying the travel plans of millions – some with kids, with mobility problems, etc. And yes, I do think they are being overly paranoid.

So, here’s a thought for those who are offended by the American actions.


It’s a crazy notion but it just might work!

I mean, I know that some Canadians need to travel there for work purposes. I know that there are hundreds of thousands of folks on this side of the border who have family in the States who they would like to see now and then. Yeah, yeah – I get all that and you know what? You’ll have to put up with the new measures no matter how much you bitch, holler and scream.

But most Canucks CHOOSE to go to the U.S. for purely recreational purposes. They want the sun of Florida, the craziness of NYC or the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon. So you either choose to forgo all of this OR you resign to being subjected to the new security crap. Very simple.

I rarely go to the States. The last time I was over the border was about 7 years ago when my wife and I went camping in upstate NY. And I don’t have a driving need to go there anytime soon. On one hand, I can count the number of places in America that I would like to visit (Grand Canyon, New Orleans, San Francisco, NYC and Boston) but I wouldn’t feel deprived if on my death bed, I hadn’t gotten around to any of those places. I would much rather see the Pyramids, cruise the Greek islands, go to the Arctic, visit Peru… and the list goes on.

So, the bottom line, kids – you don’t have to like what they are doing down in da South der. But they have every right to do as they wish. And if you can’t accept that, then stay in Canada or travel to somewhere else.


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  1. Fat Arse says:

    In 1989 I found out in a terse examination at teh Seattle airport, and to the utter horror of my shy orifice, that my old criminal record simply precludes me from crossing the US border. Sure I could apply for a pardon, etc., … but why bother. While I have missed enjoying many of the old camp sites in their national parks system, I have truly haven’t missed much else (Burning Man?). Your advice to Cdn travellers is sound, if you have a choice … skip America – explore Canada!

  2. On this we agree.

    I try to avoid going to the US, although I’ve been twice in the last 2 years, and only once was by plane.

    For the most part, there’s nothing there that isn’t here, and I’ve seen the bulk of the cool tourist stuff long before they got stupid with security.

  3. trashee says:

    I completely agree. Like, c’mon, if a terrorist wants to get through, the only way to stop them would be to ban flying altogether.
    Besides, IMHO, there are many, many other targets that are a helluva lot easier to attack… witness the London bombings. What is there in place to stop a determined terrorist from getting on a 95 during rush hour? Nada.
    But are we going to a future where there are security screening procedures for all bus riders, train riders, sidewalk walkers, mall shoppers and anyone else who is within a few metres of a crowd of people? I hope not.

  4. XUP says:

    I have no intention of travelling to the US any time in the foreseeable future and/or unless I absolutely have no choice. These security measures are so ‘barn door”. All the shit they put in place before (which was already ridiculous) failed to stop this bomber guy. Not letting people go to the toilet or not letting them keep their purses on their lap is NOT going to stop a determined terrorist. I’m pretty sure they know exactly what security measures are in place and what these measures will detect and will find a way to circumvent them. I think people planning on travelling to the US a should have to apply for a special visa or passport for which a complete security check will have been done by the CIA or FBI or CSIS or somebody. Once you’ve got that you just sail through at the airport.

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