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Noted in Passing: Life in the Airline Terminal

Here is what happens now when you board a plane. You have to put on your COVID-19 mask as you approach the first security checkpoint, where you will be asked to take off your mask to verify your identity. Then you put on your mask but take off your belt and shoes, preparing to irradiate your body and your possessions in x-ray scanners. If anything seems amiss you will be apologetically groped by some poor functionary. Both of you will be too embarrassed by the indecency of it all to look one another in the eye, and the agent will be so eager to get the whole thing over with that if you really were hiding anything, he certainly wouldn’t find it.


Maybe you buy a ten-dollar cardboard sandwich to eat on the plane, where you will be accosted if you do not put your mask back on between bites. Mercifully at long last you will land. Then the flight attendants will remind you to exit the plane slowly, leaving spaces between rows. This is because you need to maintain six feet of distance from the people with whom, for the past few hours, you have sustained a level and duration of physical proximity you otherwise reserve for your spouse. Safety first, you see.

The cumulative effect of this elaborate kabuki show is humiliation. It is shameful and emasculating to lurch through a series of stylized gestures that obviously make no sense. Everyone involved can see there is no coherent logic behind the several procedures which now govern airline travel. When tested, they do not appear particularly effective. Many of them obviously contradict and frustrate one another. Being forced to do irrational things, like being forced to say things you don’t believe, is a form of insult.

These nonsensical parlor tricks, dreamed up by inept politicians to assuage their own creeping sense of inadequacy, induce a superstitious kind of comfort in irrational neurotics and a crushing sense of demoralization in normal people. For decades our leaders have been too cowardly or sly to say what they were really after, too out-of-touch to see or care how their ineptitude would affect us, and too distant from the consequences of their actions to feel any accountability to real, demonstrable results.

Since the federal government has exclusive sovereignty over U.S. airspace, I think of plane travel as a little portrait in miniature of the life our ruling class wants for all Americans. Whenever they take control of a place or an institution, the people in it come to look like the people in an airline terminal: exhausted, downhearted, groping in dejection for whatever overpriced comfort they can find to soothe their wounded souls. Our American oligarchs want us spiritually gelded, shuffling complacently through small daily rituals of servitude.

It doesn’t really matter in the end if they think they want this for good reasons. They want it all the same because they believe in control and efficiency but not in God. At a philosophical level, they are opposed to us, to the American idea, and the tradition of self-government. What they are owed may be expressed in its totality by three little words: do not comply.

RTWT @ – The American Mind

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  • John A. Fleming October 21, 2021, 4:06 PM

    If it works out time and distance-wise, a private sleepette on Amtrak is a much more pleasant way to travel these days. Air travel just sux.

  • Stargazer October 21, 2021, 4:18 PM

    It is all about power. Nothing else. Just power.

  • PA Cat October 21, 2021, 5:08 PM

    Interesting video from the NBC Today Show of noncompliant airline passengers. Consider the MSM source: loaded to the brim with ruling-class warnings of the heavy fines and other penalties in store for “unruly” passengers, delivered in the unctimonious tones of bureaucrats and TV reporters who obviously travel first class or in private jets.

    Obviously it never occurs to any of these talking heads that after 20 months and counting of COVID theater, that people are simply fed up with the masks and all the rest of the nonsense, and the airlines’ rules are one layer too many.

  • jwm October 21, 2021, 5:14 PM

    I saw a post on GAB where the Surgeon General, some (dot) Indian, is recommending masking up all grade school kids. It’s already happening at the school near my house. All masks for everyone all the time. Imagine a school day like that, if you can. I picture myself going hysterical, screaming, kicking, biting, hitting anyone with anything I could find to hit them with. “NO, I WILL NOT!”
    They are targeting the children, grooming them for obedience, and mindless compliance with pointless, humiliating rules. I spent my last ten working years in an elementary school. I can tell you, the teachers are, almost to an individual, karens of the lowest order. They’ll take great pride in their new authority as health monitor. I saw another post about a teacher taping a mask to a young girl’s face because the kid wouldn’t comply.
    French Revolution, The Sequel.
    I want to see the tumbrils, and the blade.


    • Terry October 21, 2021, 7:51 PM

      I have had some interaction with the current drools who are head masters of their classrooms. They are not teachers. They are Brownshirts and thugs of a special order. Slimy turds. Cannot be fired from their jobs. Immune from prosecution.

      It’s not looking civil as to what happens to these knaves in the coming final solution. How can they think they can continue torturing these children and not answer for their sins-

  • Mike Austin October 21, 2021, 5:31 PM

    From 1993 – 2004 I had to fly internationally several times a year. I was based out of Buenos Aires and flew to the US and all over South and Central America. It was thoroughly enjoyable: exotic climes, free booze, stunningly beautiful women, nice hotels along the beaches when I was in Rio and excellent sailing in the Caribbean off the coast of Costa Rica.

    I had some “high times” back then, most of which were more or less legal. Now at 68 the desire to return to these “wild, weird climes lying most sublime, out of space, out of time” has markedly diminished with the onset of the COVID nonsense. There is simply no way I am going to subject myself to the insanity that airline travel now requires. The desire to return to jungles and Andes is less than the desire not to be insulted and humiliated. So no more air travel foreign or domestic. Since I have no vehicle, all my current wandering is only in the US by foot and by bicycle. Suits me rather nicely.

    I have never been so free.

  • ghostsniper October 21, 2021, 5:53 PM

    The people that put up with that shit, deserve it.
    Beware of them, they may not yet be Karens, but they are very close.
    In time all the Karens, of every real and imaginary gender, will be eviscerated in place.

  • Casey Klahn October 21, 2021, 11:14 PM

    Do not comply. Absolutely Goddamn right.

  • jwm October 22, 2021, 6:17 AM

    This article on Unz is a must-read. (add exclamation points)



    • Mike Austin October 22, 2021, 7:07 AM

      Lots of medical stuff, which some will find useful. Most however will not need all of that jargon. Just the knowledge that government coercion is involved is quite enough. We already knew that “people in high places” hate our guts and want us dead. Gates, Schwab and other such bags of shit had made this perfectly clear. This has been true for at least 3 generations now. Anyone recall the government lies involved in the “food pyramid”? How many millions of Americans were rendered ill and how many millions died early because of this? The “vaccine” and “pandemic” nonsense just adds to the evidence pile.

      I know my enemy. I know he hates my guts. I know he will kill me if he can. Ok then. All that is useful information. Game on.

  • Mark Alger October 22, 2021, 9:59 AM

    I had an inter-city commuting proctoid (P&G employee) express dismay at my statement I had not flown in 30 years. It should not puzzle anyone as to why.

    • ghostsniper October 22, 2021, 7:07 PM

      I last flew in 1980, from Anchorage to Seattle, with 2 long guns, 2 short guns, hundreds of rounds of ammo, and a plethora of edged tools, on my person in the cabin of a Western Air jet. That was back when full grown men were respectable, responsible adults and treated as such.

  • James ONeil October 22, 2021, 12:30 PM

    Yep if I ever get old and decrepit I’ll have to remember to say to the great grandkids: “Ha you young whippersnappers, if God meant for man to fly he would’a created us with face masks on!”

  • Gordon Scott October 22, 2021, 4:21 PM

    The airlines would cheerfully go back to pre-covid ways. I have flown several times since the virus arrived. Aircrew, especially would like to go back.

    The rules are such because a fair chunk of potential revenue paying passengers–which chunk approximates current Biden supporters–will not fly unless everyone is masked. In order to get that 30 to 40 percent of the market, the airlines will make the rest suffer.

    • ghostsniper October 22, 2021, 7:11 PM

      So rather than let the 30 to 40 suffer they require the 60 to 70 to suffer?
      How does that make sense?
      If people grew a pair and stopped getting on planes like they mean it the airlines will change their ways.
      In business it’s all about money. You have it, they want it. Simple. But not simple enough for braindead eunuchs.