وزارد او دا وستساد
VIZITOR TO THE VESTSIDE
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American blog of Iranian dissent

Weekend Irandezvous

The new decade got off to an uncomfortable start with new government guidelines for airline safety going into effect, after another religious dude (allegedly) tried to blow up a plane on Christmas night.

This means we're going to have to set our Persian Standard Time back an extra hour.

I got to witness the new measures first-hand. My physician amoo flew back to Vancouver after visiting his hospitalized brother in the States (that would be my neurotic father). Even folks with Canadian passports had logistical red tape to deal with.

I'm not sure what to think. I hate stereotypes too, but they sometimes persist for a reason. Religious fundamentalists with a penchant for violence, particularly Islamists, are going to continue to make life rather complicated. And as much as I find the TSA an annoying group of bastards to deal with at the airport, some measures have to be put into place.

It was not too long ago when I was an air travel enthusiast. A teen producing my own Cable Access show, I'd carry a Handycam in my backpack recording things at the gate and even on the plane. I'd envision growing up to have a job requiring abundant travel. I'd be hopping from one hotel to another -- much like the character George Clooney plays in 'Up in the Air' -- meeting sexy ladies in terminal lounges while exchanging business cards with powerful men in suits.  Living in airports was something nutcase Mehran Nasseri did in Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport -- a story which "inspired" Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to turn into a feature film in 2004.

Those sentiments are gone. That sort of leeway completely unheard-of now. And probably won't be allowed ever again.

BTW, Big Day Out shout out to you readers Down Under. I've been observing the Australian Open, as I always do at this time of the year, enjoying the racket upstairs. There's no Agassi, no Bahrami, or Rezai, but I hope to join you guys someday in the Southern Hemisphere to bask in your summer glow.

Unfortunately, the thought of a 19-hour flight absolutely terrifies me right now.


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