Remember Steve Martin in the scene at the rental counter in the 1987 movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles? He was at wits end and was trying to get a car at the rental counter. We have all had similar experiences and wanted to say just what Steve Martin told the rental agent. Today this is especially true when flying. Passengers are herded around like cattle from the minute you get to the airport. TSA agents direct you to the appropriate security lines. Don’t complain – just smile when they tell you that you have been selected for extra screening. Just smile when they say you have tested positive for explosives and must be subjected to even more screening. Just smile when you are assigned a middle seat at the back of the plane. Just smile when you are now greeted by your new seat mates – on your left is a missionary returning from working in the Ebola wards in Liberia and on your right is a representative from weight watchers who advises you that his goal is to lose 400 pounds in the next year. The plane takes off with you sitting in the lap of the man from weight watchers. The flight attendant finally arrives at the back of the plane with the food cart and you ask for a vodka tonic only to be told all of alcohol in the cabin has been sold, but they do have some gummy bears. You just smile passing on the gummy bears. Then you take out your IPad and show the smiling flight attendant the clip from the movie with Steve Martin. The flight attendant stops smiling, and when you get off the plane you are met by a group of TSA agents. You are told that you are now on the NO FLY list. You just smile and show them the Steve Martin clip as you are escorted from the airport.
For your convenience and future use the clip can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWRxPDhd3d0