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Opt-Out Day

I showed up at Lindbergh Field around 0830. I had my flyers and for the first 15 minutes or so had no luck giving them to anyone. No one was interested. The worst offenders were older white women, who almost invariably said they were "OK" with the new security. I was particularly despondent when I was told this by a pregnant woman. WTF.

Airport security did come up at one point and ask if I had a permit. I said I didn't. They asked for a copy of the info and I gave it to them. They asked if I was part of a group and I said no. That was the extent of the conversation.

Eventually things got busier and people started taking the flyers, so in about an hour I was out. I was glad the family with the developmentally challenged adult son took one. A couple of younger (late 50s) grandmothers asked for the AlterNet article because they were worried about their grandchildren.

Still a lot of people to reach, but things went all right to day, even if it was demoralizing at the start. I'll keep it up.

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ebenbrooks
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
You are a true Working Class Superhero, Teppy. You totally rock! Thank you so much for doing this.
selenite
Nov. 24th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yay for taking action! Me, I've written politicians, but it looks like my real action on it is going to be cancelling my kids' trip. And my mom is displeased.
fabricdragon
Nov. 24th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
good for you.

sigh, "ok with the new procedures" i bet they change their minds when one of the kids or grandkids comes home in tears.
bork
Nov. 24th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
I commend you for taking action like this. My opinion is still fluid with all of the new TSA stuff, and I tried to write an essay about it, but I wasn't able to get across what I wanted to get across so I took it down.
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azelmaroark
Nov. 24th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Go you!
khandreia
Nov. 24th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I truly commend you for this. I'm already worried enough about the screening procedures that I'll have to go through next month when heading overseas, if only because of my disability and extreme issues with privacy/personal space (along with being female), and I'm glad that you're taking a stand for everyone's rights.
lissiehoya
Nov. 24th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you for doing this. You're my hero!
hagazusa
Nov. 24th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Awesome Teppy is awesome!!!! <3
reginaterrae
Nov. 25th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing it, Tepintzin. You rock.
lucy_indisguise
Nov. 25th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Go Teppy, and thanks again, you do so much for everyone's good
kitten_goddess
Nov. 25th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the TSA didn't arrest you for handing out fliers without a permit. I have no opinion on the scanners as of yet, but I will report my experience after I fly next month.
kishiriadgr
Nov. 25th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
I wasn't worried about getting arrested and sure enough there was nothing to worry about. It helped that I was compliant and polite and didn't bother anyone.
fitfool
Nov. 30th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
I didn't travel that day but when I had heard that people intended to opt out en masse, I was curious to see if it would really happen.
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