the Flight Attendants need our help!

You may have heard that they are going to start letting small knives on airplanes now.  I think this is swell.  In the interest of full disclosure, I really like knives.  At every waking moment, at all times, I have at least 2 knives on me.  One on my leatherman, which is always on me, and one on my keychain… also likewise always on me.  You don’t want to know how many more I have in the truck.  I just really like knives.  Why? They are super useful.  I use one all the time.  The wifey thinks I am nuts, and creepy about the knives.  Understood.  But, at least once a day she asks me for a knife for something or other.  Yes, each time I hand it to her, I remind her how wonderful they are.

This isn’t why i write, though.  In fact, you know that already.  I dare say I am famous for the build up prologues.  It is because I am a big fan of context, and you are too.

The reason I write is because flight attendants are all up in arms about this.  They feel the change is unnecessary, and dangerous.  This is what their spokeswoman, Sara  Nelson has to say

“It’s very simple for flight attendants, whose jobs changed on September 11th 2001, that we were not only aviation’s first responders, but we became aviation’s last line of defence,” she said.

Do you want to know what I think about this?  Of course you do, that is why you are reading.  What I think goes thusly – Sara Nelson, go fuck yourself!  Why?  Lemme tell you, buster.

Over the last ten years, flying has gotten more and more difficult and trying.  It is a pain physically, emotionally and financially.  Flying sucks now, which is a bummer.  I used to love to fly.  Now we have shoe rule, the liquid rule, the knives rule, the laptop rules, and your mp3 player rules.  None of those implementations have made flying safer, and none of these things would have stopped 9/11 were they in place when it happened.  Also, I have to be at my gate 45 minutes early or I can’t board.  That is post 9/11, and no one has explained why.  So, here is my beef.   Not once have the flight attendants ever spoke up for us passengers.  MUM.

Yes, if you know me, you know I have already complained about this long ago here.  Yes, I was (and Am) correct.  Allow me to quote myself

So, why don’t the airlines even pretend to fight us?  They have lawyers and publicists and big planes.  Think of the customer loyalty an airline could score if they did an ‘open letter to our customers’ about what bullshit the TSA is… but they are working to make us safer… bla bla bla.

The flight attendants and airline industry have stood back and watched us get raped.  I never understood it.  I would think it would be more profitable for the airlines to fight for us, and they don’t.  So, right now the flight attendants need a solid for us.  They want you to call your do nothing piece of shit congressman and ask him to fix this.  Listen, I get it.  They simply want to be safe.  they do a brutal and thankless job for a society that is fatter and less polite every day.  If you know me, you know I am ridiculously pleasant and polite to 100% of the people I deal with.  Always.  Flight attendants are no exception.  Each one I root for and support.  As a union and a group, though, they make it tough. I want to root for them.  I really do.  Sorry, Flight Attendants.  Go Fuck Yourselves.


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