My campaign against terrorism

@marguicha (94680)
Chile
November 4, 2015 6:19am CST
My dear friend @arthurchappell inspired me to share with you all an encounter I had lately with terrorism when I went to Aruba a couple of months ago. This post is part of an answer to one of his posts, but I decided to start my own campaign against terrorism and this post is the begining. I often wonder if many of the measures governments have against terrorism are only terrorizing inocent people. I have seen workers in airports being exceptionaly awful with people that dress a little different from the blonde, blue eyed "good" people I will NOT let anyone terrorize me. When my time comes, it will. Terrorism kills less civilians that military do in any war anywhere. So here is my story about my encounter with terrorism. When I went to Aruba a few months ago, I decided to use my sneakers as shoes for the trip back as my suitcase was full. It took me ages to put them on and dear Leticia offered to tie them. Then, at the airport, we all had to take our shoes off. Old ladies with flip-flops had to bend to take their shoes off and stay barefooted while the sandals were place in baskets. It is in those occations that I think that I will not accept harrasment. So I told the "authorities" that I would not take off my knickers unless someone put them on again and helped me tie them. I said I was old, had a hurting lymphoma in my belly and was willing to stay in Aruba for the rest of my life. When they saw I was in earnest, they talked to each other and told me to step aside. I did. Then they brought a small detector they DID have, and checked me. The airport people were ALL young and they had the devises to check the elder. Why didn´t they use it? I suggest all senior mylotters to think about this for a while. We pay dearly for the use of the airports when we travel. Sometimes it is almost as expensive as the airfare itself. So, if we are paying for this, why don´t we get good service?
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• Preston, England
4 Nov 15
A wonderful brave story and I'm so honoured to have inspired you to share this
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
Thank you. I imagine some people will think that I´m a worse witch than I am for this story, but I don´t care.
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• Preston, England
4 Nov 15
@marguicha I don't think this makes you a witch at all but a wonderful bold human personality.
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
@arthurchappell THank so much, dear friend! I often think that people with common sense should not keep quiet. The world is governed mostly by mad people.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I so agree with you - My husband is semi-disabled, and they insist he takes his shoes, jacket and belt off. This is very difficult for him, and if I wasn't there to help he'd have great difficulty. You'd think they could use their discretion in cases like this, and in your own case. Perhaps I'll make a stand next time. Btw - knickers as shoes.
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
Checked and edited it: sneakers. That is one of the problems we have when writing in another language. The next time you travel, do as I did. Demand whoever is in charge to use the portable devises. And if they won´t do it, ask them to call a higher authority. That should help
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
@marguicha I'm glad you edited that . I may do as you say, but wouldn't want to cause a hold-up in a busy line. I'll see.
@Missmwngi (9850)
• Nairobi, Kenya
4 Nov 15
I guess in every place we are not given good services because we never question what we get and so the involved personnel never think of improving their services
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
I agree. I think we should open our mouths. And also we should help when other people need us to speak up for them.
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• United States
4 Nov 15
Here, airport personnel are not for 'service'. They are for protection. They do not cater to anyone, young or old. That is how it is here in our airport.
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
I don´t mean that anyone should cater to anyone. I only say that protection is not the same as harrasment.
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• United States
4 Nov 15
@marguicha Well here that is all there is ..harrasment and rudeness. That is all they know, it is customary.
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
@TiarasOceanView My youngest daughter went for a year to the US to stay with an american family. Janet is her american mom. 20 years ago or so she went for a visit in Winter. She took her new born son. At the airport they made her take off the baby´s diapers. Is that protection, I wonder? She swore not to return and she hasn´t done it.
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@sofssu (14462)
4 Nov 15
Thought provoking story.. Unless we demand we get nothing,.However, we Asians could get a raw deal for demanding more.
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@marguicha (94680)
• Chile
4 Nov 15
What do you mean by saying "raw deal"?