Megan McArdle Bids Farewell to Airlines

The TSA full body scanners are the last straw. She's breaking up with air travel.

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But don't feel too bad. It's not you, it's me. Or rather, it's the TSA.

McArdle, the business and economics editor for The Atlantic, writes:

I'm not going to lie. It's come between us. If I have to let someone else see me naked in order to be with you—well, I'm just not that kinky. And deep down, I don't think you are either. I think it's the TSA making you act like this. Frankly, you haven't been the same since you started running around together.

But I can't put all the blame on them. I think you went along because you thought I had to have you—that I couldn't live without you. That no matter what you did, I'd stay. And it's true, you had a pretty strong hold on me. Took away the food, and I still loved you—who wanted to eat a terrible, fattening meal anyway? Narrowed the distance between the seats, and still I stayed, using my airline miles to upgrade to first class. Charge me for baggage? I'm an economics writer—I love unbundled products. So I can see where you got the idea that I'd stick by you no matter what.

But the kinky stuff is just a bridge too far. I'm not saying I'll never see you again: we can still meet up for a drink, or even a quick weekend trip to California. But our days as a regular item are through. I'm writing this letter because one of my commenters pointed out that it was only fair to let you know what was going on.


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