Reasons why New York Sucks - Page 347
I just came back from a trip to China. While visiting, my father and I needed directions a couple times. There are thousands of soldiers and police on the streets, and not a single one would help us find the places we were looking for. Sometimes the subway station or street was just around the corner, and they refused to tell us or claimed they didn't know. One time, the police officer even stated he could not speak Chinese.
It's not just America that has issues.
I hate flying. Even when I'm lucky enough to fly first class it's still a soul-sucking experience at every juncture.
Been playing with this: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet
So, here is something I personally witnessed yesterday.
At SFO, a family of four was trying to board. The gate agents kept saying their bags would not fit. This even though the flight was not full, the same family had taken the same airline, same plane, on the way out and their bags had fit--and even though the father demonstrated, using their own "fit basket" or whatever you call it, that in fact his bag DID fit.
After an argument in which the airline people were being completely assholic and irrational, they let him on WITH his bags.
When we landed at JFK, we got to the gate. They would not open the door and let us off for forty minutes. No explanation. Just "we are delayed here waiting for the Port Authority."
Well, guess what it turned out to be? They sent THREE PA cops to arrest the dad. That's right. The bitch flight attendants, in an act of revenge, had him arrested in front of his wife, kids, and plane full of 200 people. His "crime" was arguing with them and, worse, being right.
Now, if he was a "threat", why did they let him on the plane? If it was about the bag, why did they let him on WITH the bags? (They DID fit, I saw him slow them.)
The government of this country and its collusive industries are illegitimate. There is no word for what I saw other than "tyranny." This is not just a reason New York sucks, but America sucks.
100% agree. The "security" situation here is a complete disgrace. The fact that they clearly knew he was no threat and let him on the plane just makes it absurd.
And of course, I am sure he has absolutely no recourse here. Bend over and take it.
So at this point I am in a catch-22. Can't leave the bag to get my wife; can't get my wife until I leave the bag. After 15 minutes of this insanity, I was able to get my wife on the phone to leave her place in the cab line and come back inside to show ID so I could leave with my own property.
I honestly want to know what would have happened if I had just pushed past the guy and left anyways. Given Manton's experience above though, I probably would have been arrested and cavity-searched for daring to question the authority of a high-school dropout on a power trip.
What would you really write without knowing the passenger's name, etc? And you can't really confirm that he was actually arrested vs just detained..
It is BS anyway that you look at it...