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Old December 22nd, 2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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Why I quit flying.
I arrived early just because, checked my pistol and three loaded magazines with baggage without a hitch.
Proceeded to the entry checkpoint. TSA made me remove my prosthetic leg, put it on the conveyor through the check point then looked at me and said "now you". It kind of went south from there as I called them fucking idiots and attempted the explain to them about distance and gravity using "fuck" as a comma.
Then the moron working the conveyor grabbed the basket containing my wallet, change and keys, putting it with the emptys to bring back to the entry point. That simpleton copped an attitude after trying to tell him my basket was still full, he ingnored me till I enthusiastically point out he was stealing my stuff.
After I got my leg back on they escorted me to the clear glass cage to put me in until a supervisor would let me pass.
Good thing I was early and I'm lucky I did go to jail that day.

I just had to explain that to my sister as to why I never fly and insist on driving.

Merry Christmas to all and sympathy to anyone flying.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 10:55 AM   #2
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i love flying, but its just a hassle, so i usually drive.
im a truck driver, so long shifts behind the wheel are fine.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 11:17 AM   #3
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Get your TSA precheck. It helps.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 11:23 AM   #4
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Get your TSA precheck. It helps.
This.

With the vast majority of TSA workers being half lobotomized invalids... You definitely need to get the TSA precheck. It'll drastically reduce the level of dumbassery you go through.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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I believe the last time I flew was 2008. Was flying for work 1-2 times a month for over a year. I don't miss it.

My wife wants to fly somewhere with the kids, but I've dodged it so far.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 12:07 PM   #6
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I believe the last time I flew was 2008. Was flying for work 1-2 times a month for over a year. I don't miss it.

My wife wants to fly somewhere with the kids, but I've dodged it so far.
Let her. You don't have to go.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 01:11 PM   #7
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I have no proper advice to add, but where were you going with your pistola?!?!
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 01:12 PM   #8
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Yeah, I got the Glowball Entry card, makes life easier.

Even so, flying still sucks.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 02:43 PM   #9
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I have no proper advice to add, but where were you going with your pistola?!?!
That time was Nevada then Arizona then back to Nevada.
I have had zero problems checking my pistol.
Except Phoenix. The counter clerk yelled to the guy three stations down "Hey Bill! This guy has a gun!". And everyone within earshot stopped what they were doing and stared.
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I know.

my wife mentioned visiting her grandpa down in san antonio.

hummm... spend 500 bucks driving and 23ish hours. OR 1200 bucks flying. fly time 3 hours. but 3 hours of dealing with the idiots... then rent a car.
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I know.

my wife mentioned visiting her grandpa down in san antonio.

hummm... spend 500 bucks driving and 23ish hours. OR 1200 bucks flying. fly time 3 hours. but 3 hours of dealing with the idiots... then rent a car.
My cutoff is 7-8 hours for work. For vacation, I drive everywhere I can.
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My cutoff is 7-8 hours for work. For vacation, I drive everywhere I can.
With a good copilot and a radar detector you can be anywhere in the country in three or four days.
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With a good copilot and a radar detector you can be anywhere in the country in three or four days.
u drive slow!
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u drive slow!
no crap!
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I've been flying every day for the past month and a half. Granted I don't have to go through security. Customs in Mexico always sucks because they hold our freight for hours. If I have to fly commercial I wear my uniform and go through the pre check line. Company won't pay for known crew member yet.
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Even with precheck it sucks. Seems like the tsa assume you go through the airport and their system evryday. I fly a few times a year, and it seems like they switch stuff every time. Fisrt time through as pre check I was "randomly" chosen for the normal security measures, so it doesn't always work smoothly. I would still rather fly than drive. I have limited time for vacation, spending time driving seems wasteful to me.
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For vacation, the trip is the vacation. As much as I hate traveling for work, I still love driving around this country and seeing the sights. You don't get that at 35,000 feet.
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Even with precheck it sucks. Seems like the tsa assume you go through the airport and their system evryday. I fly a few times a year, and it seems like they switch stuff every time. Fisrt time through as pre check I was "randomly" chosen for the normal security measures, so it doesn't always work smoothly. I would still rather fly than drive. I have limited time for vacation, spending time driving seems wasteful to me.
I agree with this. I only have like 13 days off a year right now. have to go to san antonio. looking at 3-4 days just trying to get there and back.

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For vacation, the trip is the vacation. As much as I hate traveling for work, I still love driving around this country and seeing the sights. You don't get that at 35,000 feet.
I also agree with this however. I used to love to drive. I did the northern michigan to biloxi mississippi, to san antonio and back to northern michigan, and then to carolina, and then to san antonio drive more times than I can count on 2 hands. and looked forward to it.

However, my wife gets "wrestless leg syndrom" I guess. and my son is just as impatient unless he has some form of electronic.

I am torn on what to do on this trip. driving assuming nothing breaks or gets stolen will save over a grand. but I will kill 3-4 more vacation days than I would flying.
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When I went to New Orleans with the wife, it turned into 3 days on the way down because we stopped in to visit relatives in Nashville. Took 2 days to get back, but I probably could have done it in one if we left earlier.
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I don't mind flying but the cost doesn't justify it for me most times. The drive has to be over 10+ hours for me to even consider flying unless flights are super cheap. My fiancee and I were long distance for a while well were dating, I was in MI and she was in Springfield, MO and Atlanta, GA. Both drives were about an 11-12 hour trip. I can get in the car and not stop until I need gas so on those drives I could make it only stopping once and get back on the road in 15-20 minutes after getting food and gas.

The way I see it, it takes me an hour to get to the airport, spend at least an 1.5 hours at the airport, get a 2 hour flight, 30 minutes getting out of the airport (depending on the airport) and an hour drive after getting out. That's already 6 hours and I have to do it on someone elses schedule, which would likely be later than I could of left if I drove.

I will also not fly if I have to have a layover. I flew to Springfield twice and had to have a layover. That could likely add another 1-2 hours.
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