Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Praying for Safety

Every now and then you see something that may have escaped your notice for years. I had one of those moments at the Orlando Airport this week. It turns out that the airport has a very nice chapel. It’s located after you go through Security, on the side of the airport that leads to Gates 1-60.

I am aware that many different faiths use intermediaries between man and God. Catholics can pray to the saints to be intercessors for them before The Father, and Hindus worship different manifestations of the divine in order to approach him. But I was not aware that in America, one also needs to get through the Transportation Security Agency to get closer to God. And if you’re departing from Gates 61-150, you may as well just surrender to fate.

Also, I don’t know if you’re run into this yet, but the latest annoyance provided by your Transportation Security Agency ("Needless Obstruction Since 2001") is the full body scanner. I ran into this in Kansas City. You walk in between two, large metal towers and are instructed to literally put up your hands in a position of abject surrender. Surrender to the feds. As if the process already wasn’t as intrusive, politically correct, and totally unscientific or efficient as possible. It’s enough to make me want to start drinking tea.

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