Oh yeah - Tactical Ninja
Apr. 24th, 2013
12:11 pm - Oh yeah
I also wanted to mention that on the way out of SFO, I opted out of the nudey scanners. In the line approaching security, the scanners were very clear. Pretty much everyone was going through them. However, I asked the first TSA person how to opt out. She very politely explained to me that I needed to tell the next TSA agent, and that it would be best to do it early because sometimes it takes a while to get someone there to do the patdown. Telling them early ensures not being separated from your stuff for long.
I did this, and the lady called on the radio for a female agent to come, then asked me to stand by the gate until the person arrived. When she arrived she asked me to come through, then we waited until my stuff had come through the X-ray machine. I was taken to a screened area, where she explained exactly what would happen and then asked if I wished to go to a more private place. She then patted me down, and after that put her gloves into a swab detector. It took less than 2 minutes and at no point did I feel pushed or coerced. Everyone was polite and they treated me with respect.
Constrast this with Melbourne, where they pull you out of a line to scan you without warning, bark orders at you, give you no option to avoid being nudey scanned, threaten to chuck you out of the airport if you object, and treat your objections as if they are completely unfounded and childish.
Melbourne could take a lesson from San Francisco about how not to alienate travellers, just saying. None of the officials I wrote to about my experience in Melbourne even bothered to acknowledge my complaints. Bottom line: Melbourne airport, you suck and put me off going there. +10 dehumanisation.