More Airport Fun

Got an email from my friend Antonis, a Greek guy living in Japan. He has to travel to the United States frequently for business and this was from his latest trip. He’s agreed to let me repost it.

Has this become so common as to not be noteworthy?

Anyway, here is what happened to me, when checking-in at Seattle for a
flight to New York:
Somehow, whenever my destination is New York I get a special
check-treatment, even after taking off all the metal I possess and walking
through the metal detector without a “beep.” So, I did the stupid mistake to
ask a “security” guy why I have a body check, even though the metal detector
says I am clean. First he explained to me that if my boarding pass has an
SSSS mark on it, I have been randomly chosen for a special check. “You know
why we do this checks?”, he said. “To prevent us from attacking other
countries.” I didn’t reply anything to that, nor to his comments on my
laptop, but this didn’t stop him from going on. I couldn’t believe the
things I heard.
He said:
“These checks prevent us from attacking other countries. You know why? Cause
if somebody tries to do to us what they did before, we will attack their
country. So to prevent that we need these checks. But this time we won’t
just attack them, we’ll nuke them. Cause we are the only country with
experience with nukes. Ask the japanese, they know,” he said with a proud
smile. “Twice in two days!”
I thought this is a hidden camera joke. I don’t remember exactly why, but
the guy actually said “everything here is filmed, smile up there” and he
pointed the security camera over my head. Unfortunately it was just filmed,
sound was not recorded. Or maybe it was recorded, but nobody cares. After
all, who hired that guy as a security guy?

Anyway. Traveling to the states is not easy. You have to be very patient and
be ready for anything, anytime.

I need an editor

Between the blog spammers and the people who wander in from Google and post absolute crap, I’m getting more junk posts than real ones.

It’s tempting to just shut down the site, or to at least turn off comments.
For now, I’m closing comments on some older posts that are attracting morons. If you really want to comment on an old post, mail me and let me know – I’ll revive the topic.
(I’m also no longer allowing anonymous posts, but I doubt that will make a difference, since there is no way to verify what you they put in.)

Maybe what I’d like is the option of having registered users, I guess, or at least an email confirmation for unknown users. I don’t know – I’ve looked a lot at the blog spam issus and I haven’t yet seen anything that I’m confortable with or confident in. (Yes, I’ve heard of the popular anti-spam plugins. When I see one I like, I may actually plug it in…)

You may never have seen blog spam here, because hardly an hour goes by that I don’t weed out the crap – hopefully before the Googlebot sweeps by and indexes the site. You see, a good percentage of the spammers are advertising porn or adult services. If Google finds links to those kinds of sites, this site will get classified as an adult site and SafeSurf will hide my site from the bulk of its users. I run a pretty PG-rated site, so that’s really not what I want.

So yes, I guess it’s come down to this – if I don’t like your post, I’m going to delete it. If you think it’s unfair, write me – I’ll open up the topic to discussion.
(If you’re reading this, there is virtually no chance that I’ll ever delete a post of yours, though…)

It’s either that, or I pull the plug and go back to a one-way dialogue and I really think the site would suffer. (Or I quit doing this because it’s become un-fun.)

This all OK with you guys?