Sep. 11th, 2010

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I am unreasonably bitter about airport security. I don't like being touched by strangers; I'm priggish when someone suggests I might be dishonest; I hate arbitrary and shifting rulesets; and the erosion of civil liberties that the TSA represent to me infuriates me. Consequently, every time I have to go through security, my adrenaline spikes. Best case scenario is that I get through with no additional screening, but I'm still tense and angry ten minutes after I get to my gate. But when TSA decide to touch me or go through my things for whatever reason, I feel this irresistible compulsion to mouth off, just so I feel like I have some sense of agency. This is about as sensible as refusing to give your wallet to a mugger, I know. But wouldn't you, on some level, deeply want to punch the mugger in the schnozz?

Does anybody have any strategies for coping with this? I will say that bromides about how "they're just doing their job" do not impress me; I'm the child of a history buff whose favorite war was WWII, so you can imagine my mental associations with that phrase. Other suggestions, however, are welcome.

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