19/1/2010 – So…I Got A Phone Call From The US Congress…
Last week while heading out to pick my kids up at the bus stop I receive an unexpected phone call. Of course given that I never expected two Federal Agents to show up at my door one evening, nothing should phase me, but this call was unexpected. So who called?
This call was not threatening, not intimidating, or even trying to investigate me. This call was a genuine conversation with the US House Committee on Homeland Security seeking my insight and opinions on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security in general.
In writing Flying With Fish I have repeatedly stated that my goal is to inform travellers, and when it comes to airline security and the safety of passengers my intent has been to be offer insight and understanding to travellers. It appears that the US House Committee on Homeland Security has been reading Flying With Fish and hopefully the opportunity has arrived for my insights and opinions to reach those who need to hear what I have been saying.
I appreciate the opportunity to start a dialog with those tasked with independently overseeing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this world there are those who stand outside the wall and scream at the bricks and those who prefer to sit down and start a conversation once the door has been opened. For me…I think I’d rather start a conversation rather than stand outside and scream now that the door has been opened.
It should be noted that despite my incident with the TSA last month, Flying With Fish is still one of the few non-governmental sites listed on the TSA’s Blog Roll as recommended resources for travellers.