I would like to say that this was due to the Canadians being Gun Fearing Wussies (GFWs). Unfortunately I can’t because reading the article reminded me of this incident shortly before General Joe Foss’s death. He was detained at the airport in Phoenix because he had a “sharp object” around his neck. Which turned out to be his Medal of Honor for air combat over Guadalcanal in 1943. People should have been fired for that, after they apologized to the General for their rank stupidity. Of course they weren’t because he was no doubt more of a gentleman then I’ll ever be.
Before the TSA, airport security was incompetent, nasty, and inconvenient. After the TSA it’s all changed. Now it’s inconvenient, incompetent, nasty, and paid for with increased fees on travelers. Not to be personally insulting but most of the TSA personnel I’ve encountered couldn’t get hired by McDonalds.
All of this has had an effect on air travel. People are driving more, using email, and teleconferencing more to avoid air travel. I went to Baltimore earlier this year and chose the eight hour drive over the ninety minute flight for reasons cited in the report. I’m going there again later this year and if not for the fact that my elderly mother-in-law is traveling with us, I’d probably drive again. Even with gas prices the way they are currently, two or three people can drive anywhere within a twelve hour trip for less than the airfare with the added benefit of not having to rent a car when they get there.
The government and airlines need to smarten up or air travel will continue to decline. Which probably means air travel will continue to decline.
UPDATE: Taking. Something. Always. It just gets worse and worse.