Bizarrely enough, New York was the end of a world trip, Ive been through Mumbai, Goa, Beijing, HK, Bangkok, Vientiene, Hanoi, Danang, Saigon, Uluru, Sydney, Christchurch, Auckland, LAX, Newark, JFK and that is just this time round. And LAX was definately the most awful of all.
It wasnt just me that had zippers or locks broken, everyone tourist I spoke to had the exact same thing happen. Apparently its a new policy, if only I had been forewarned, there is no way I would have had my locks on. I would rather my baggage come back in one piece than broken.
I have read through what has been said back to me, and not once in my post did I say anything about the American people. It was a damn shame that I have walked away with such a bad feeling about being IN America because of the security checks. But I have made some good American friends on my journey and one of my long term friends lives in East Village, I found New Yorkers to be much friendlier than Londoners! I am not slating or judging American people, not at all. Its the system, its the paranoia.
Okay so America had a terrorist attack, and it killed lots of people. Did you see the devastation that the American funded IRA bomb did to Manchester...the devastated area there was 5 times as bad as 9/11 (I know, Ive seen both). Or what about Warrington, or Birmingham, or London....and that's just a few examples of what terrorists did to the UK. Soooooo many other countries around the world experience crap like this on a daily basis, and still life goes on.
Yes, I was only in New York for 3 days, sightseeing, and I kind of wish I didnt bother. I have always wanted to visit New York and its a shame that all the security checks made it a bad experience.
[quote] Soooooo many other countries around the world experience crap like this on a daily basis, and still life goes on.
bush and many other americans i think use 911 sadly as a scapegote to reach and acheave their own agenda. ie iraq, concertive house and congress, religion mixed with the state, stupid laws like the patriot act, spying on us citizens by taking every cell phone call ever made and putting it into a privet database. but hell the us tax payers paid for it all and i guess that includes me aswell.
bacicly the american people are parinoid about alot of things, if only they would think for themselves and acctuly see they world they critize, i think we would all be alot better off.
don't worry if there are so much luggage going missing it must be taken out of the airport . that leads me to think the same amout could be put in!!!!! i find they are one sided and if there is a security check it should be for all shades and religions not to mention different types of gender + animals.
the point hear is security should be the same world wide to work properly. hence it does not.
when travelling security should begin at the begining -where ever your trip begins and goods of any sort should be claimed solely at the end. i understand what you mean . i travelled after the twin towers and had to stay in my seat the whole time from n.y. to u.k.
it gave me terrible back acke and i wasn't even a threat. i too don't want to visit again once bitten twice shy. The world is a huge place. All big cities have a lot in common.sometimes it's just a political distraction. i've stayed in a queue for 5 hourse just so that some little politician can wangle a better job for himself. if there are no problems then why would we want any politicians to help sort them out????
I'd never heard of 06.06.06; I must not get out enough.
But now that you mention it, I might just duct tape my windows on that day; just to play it safe.
I sort of agree with Clanger, mostly I was really disappointed with the abrupt way we were handled by security at US airports and particularly LAX. I don't feel that I was treated similarly in other countries - I have been searched 4/5 times I've been through US airports - I wasn't anywhere else. I got a long grilling at Auckland, but the chap was friendly enough, told me to enjoy the stay etc, at US airports I don't think one immigration official managed a smile or a kind word.
I also forgot to say that on the American Airlines flight from LAX to Newark we were told not to congregate around the toilets, because this may be constrewed as a terrorist threat.
I thought it would perhaps be a fairer system if we put our hands up when we wanted to go, then the crew could let us go in order, this way everyone had their fair turn.