That’d make the whole process more attractive.
Dat smile is awesome!
That… isn’t an option is it?
It SHOULD be.
Only for the one Mike installed in your house.
As an afterthought, where are they flying to?
Nowhere. They went to the airport just to get naked x-ray pictures.
Somewhere they can get married. Hooray, their big day has finally come.
So, Sweden, then.
Or, ya know , Canada.
Or Massachusetts. My state does a lot of things wrong, but at least we got that right.
Or Vermont, or Holland. To be honest I’m not keeping as a good a track of the places as I should.
Something tells me they’re heading to either parents’ place for the holidays.
…too bad that isn’t an option. It’d be hilarious!
I can’t tell if Leslie is happy, or pissed.
Tolerantly bored, like a parent.
I remember that face,it’s neither happy nor pissed,it’s the look of resignation a parent gets when they shell out too much money for something,and regret not practicing safe sex XD
Although in the Lesbians case,it’s the resigned look of someone who didn’t even have the fun of practicing unsafe sex =p
Wait, did you just mean to say that lesbians can’t have sex, or that lesbians are incapable of contracting STIs? Because both are wrong, but one’s a bit more superpowery.
More like lesbians no can make baby.
It’s a LOT less likely for lesbians to get STDs, though; sneaky little bastards like lice and herpes get across just fine, and things like syphilis and gonorrhea are only a little less likely, but (I remember reading somewhere that) EVERY case of sexual HIV transmission between female partners has been during one’s menstrual period.
Thank you Brendan, for some reason I’d never considered the fact that lesbians probably have sexual intercourse whilst one or both is/are menstruating. It should have been obvious but you’ve made my knowledge of the universe a little more complete so thanks.
Oh man, please don’t generalize from HIV to all STDs. HIV is one of the most fragile pathogens out there. Yeah, that particular one is hard to get with lesbian sex, but they’re just as likely to get most of the rest. Two of the worst, HPV and hepatitis, will kill you just as dead and spread just as easily through lesbian sex as through PIV.
Wait, what? HPV is only deadly (or even dangerous) due to the possibility of it causing cervical cancer, and not even all strains of HPV have that possibility.
I read it as wry amusement. Sort of resentful of such an idiotic waste of money and annoyed by the sure knowledge that Robin will want that up on the wall somewhere, but at the same time deeply moved by her childish glee.
It’s love, basically.
Pretty much, with the additional advantage that she can plan all the things she’ll be doing to her now that she got her happy.
Yup, I totally read that as a “yeah, I’m her sugar daddy bitches” kind of smirk.
You know, if I were a terrorist, I would really try to get all the recordings (you know they exist) of everybody who is going through these damn machines. Keep collecting them for a few years, and then release them on the web.
A great many people would be terrorized by that. Some more than by violence.
Actually, just fake up a few tens of thousands of them, people would just assume that the one that looked like them were them.
At this rate they will force everyone to strip, be put in a straight jacket (or packing material), and be chained down in the aircraft by 2015. Ten years ahead of schedule, woo hoo!
Stop giving them IDEAS! Rather, stop giving Homeland Security and the TSA ideas about what ideas the terrorists might have. I’m not even American, and I have to get the bad touch when I travel now.
Hmmmm, “bad touch”. I like that. – cue Barry White voice – Kinda kinky, kinda HOT… I wanta give you my bad touch Baby… Oooo, doncha want to get the bad touch? BAAAAD Touch Yeaaaa!
Good name for a band too.
Bad choice for school teacher t-shirts though.
Here’s the thing I don’t get about the ‘bad touch’. They do this to screen passenger for explosive residue, they scan their gloves afterward… at the CN Tower entrance in Toronto a booth designed PRECISELY for that! The booth shoots air upward at you and analyzes the results in real time. Its fairly accurate. This technology has existed for like five years. Why isn’t it used?! Heck why don’t they just give YOU the glove and ask you to rub your privates. I don’t know what would be more humiliating, to touch yourself in public or have someone do it for you –
They did, at least for a while. I went through one a few years ago, in Detroit, I think. The new bad-touch search is meant to check for concealed weapons as well as traces of explosives.
OOh… I thought they weed most of those out with the metal detector. When was the last time someone held up a plane with a ceramic knife or a bone needle?
Speaking of which and of those imaging scanner…shouldn’t it be possible to adjust it to only show items of a specific density? If it works that way I mean… anything that could be used as a weapon outta have a higher density than human flesh no? I’m sure some more research could easily pull out some useful security scanner that don’t make humiliate you.
Oh and they need those sniffer booths for packages and luggage now. Detect trace of explosive in cargo. And drug.
I’ve been more terrified by the TSA than I have of the terrists since it was founded.
That seems to be what the government is for.
If a criminal (or fanatic) kills people: Chance it’s me: 1/9000000
If the “government” (PTB etc.) decides to go after everyone of my group (religion, last name, whatever): Chance it’ll get me: 4/1
And since my fine government is now a subsidiary of major corporations (fought to keep ingredients from being listed, won’t give legal support to departments fighting for environment, etc.) if it is decided that it is more profitable for me to be dead… oh well.
They’ll get you four times?
No, nor will the terrorist get me a minuscule fraction.
That means the odds are that out of 5 times the government tries to get “me” (somebody with my characteristics) they will succeed 4 times. I.e. I have one chance in five of not getting nailed.
Basic odds! Jeez, didn’t everybody spend their childhood at horse racetracks? You think 4 to 1 in the fifth meant four horsies were going to beat up on one in a bottle of booze?
Yea, I know I used the same symbol as a fraction, my shorthand… I guess it shoulda been 1:900000 and 4:1
Suitable for framing! I hope to see that on the wall of their house alongside Robin’s other photos.,
thats sooo romantic, Mr. Willis. @.@
I would actually fly instead of drive if you could do that.
Give us Emo Robin!
<– Here she is.
Die in a fire.
Get mauled by woodchucks.
You are not funny.
I feel like Leslie would be more excited about Robin’s pic than she is.
I love how this is completely without dialogue, and how it’s a positive spin on what has become such a scandal for the TSA. Damned good, Willis.
Is it just me, or does it look like Leslie has some dirty naked thoughts on her mind
It’s not just you. Believe me.
Alright, I’m retarded, someone explain the joke to me.
It’s like the pictures you can get after you’ve gone on a rollercoaster, only with those naked body scans they take now when you fly.
Jeez, $20? That’s the real scandal here.
Why does Leslie look so evil in that last panel? She looks like she’s going to do something horrible to someone.
Somebody probably called her Shirley.
And asked if she was serious.
Yes, heres too all the Leslie’s that have kept us entertained.
Rest in piece Nielsen, you gave me many, many happy moments.
Ah, I didn’t know he was dead.
From “Forbidden Planet” to “Naked Gun” by way of “Kung Fu” and “Airplane!”… Quite a run, quite a run.
AND, he was the Federal agent who was, in the last act, revealed to be the villian in the original pilot episode of Hawaii-Five-O.
Man STARTED as a serious dramatic actor. GOOD serous dramatic actor.
That’s not an evil face. I know that face, and there is no evil. It is a)embarassment b)annoyance c)amusement at their silly lover d)resignation and e)conserved glee at just how adorable they can be.
Her eyes look pissed and her mouth is giving a small smile. That looks pretty evil.
LOL Gate Rape.
I only thought I was done with Humanity after the results of the midterms, but the total and complete lack of general protest this holiday weekend over the molestation/exploitation of the new pointless platitude “security” procedures has made it official: we are, in fact, a nation of fucking herd animals. This thing is like some sort of hideous nationwide Milgram experiment designed to see just how invasive and ludicrous and utterly ineffectual an imperial dictate they can throw at people without anyone really putting up much of a fuss at all. This shit is why everyone in The Future wears spandex and silly space collars in all the old sci-fi stories– the Ministry of Homeland Security is just fuckin’ with people for giggles by that point.
YOU MUST THINK IN NEWSPEAK… AND ALSO WEAR SHIRTS LIKE SILVER AGE COSMIC BOY. YOU KNOW, WITH THE SHOULDER THINGS. THAT IS ALL.
The thing is, it’s all well and good to say it’s horrible and that you’d protest it, but the fact of the matter is that the TSA has us by the balls, metaphorically as well as literally. Generally speaking, by the time you get to the security checkpoint, you’ve been made to stand in a long line, unpack all your electronics, remove your belt, coat and shoes; you’re still looking at putting your shit all back together, and you have a definate deadline or else you miss your flight and are screwed. By the time you get there all you want is to just get it over and done with.
There’s no way for passenger protest to stop this, and I suspect that the people who make security hardware and the lobbyists who are backed by them know this. I suspect that the only way that this is going to be stopped is via the courts. Hell, passenger protests won’t work anyway because you can’t really decline it anyway. You can’t decide you’re not going to run your shoes through the scanner, you can’t decide you won’t unpack your laptop, you can’t decide to buy a 2-liter of pop beforehand and bring it with you onto the plane. Your choice there is either do it their way, or don’t fly. The closest thing to a choice they give you is you can either A)Go through a full-body scanner that is either of questionable use, and possibly questionable safety, or B)get your junk fondled by a fundamentally embarrassed stranger. I don’t really want to do either, but when I fly this Christmas, I know I’m going to opt for the body scanner, because at least I know it’ll be done right away.
“There’s no way for passenger protest to stop this, and I suspect that the people who make security hardware and the lobbyists who are backed by them know this.”
Well, paying a lot more attention to who is voted into power and what they support would help.
Everyone seems to just vote by fixed alligence or hyper-bole. (ie, oh, look what they are saying about the other guy…).
Idiots get positions of power very easily these days.
I’d suggest a required policy-quiz on all voting forms, but (apperently) that would be undemocratic.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t recall anyone from the last few elections who ran on a primarily Airport Security platform.
No, but you can look at both people that suggested this sort of thing, or who didnt reject it, and then not vote for them next time. (preferably making it clear why your not voting for them too).
No ones going to campagn on this sort of thing, but the discisions are still made by actual people.
My hair is down to my hips, and is easily long enough and strong enough to strangle someone even if I DIDN’T somehow cut it off (which could easily be done with the sharpened edge of a credit card; it’s only hair and strand by strand, it’s not that strong).
Wonder how long it’ll be before all hair must be cut to a “safe” length before flying?
Also: No scarves, belts, shoe laces, purse straps, or knitted sweaters that can be unravelled.
Jeez, why don’t they just do things like the Israeli’s do? MASSES more threat, yet they’re unobtrusive, fast, and EFFECTIVE.
Thing is there were protest planned. Everyone was supposed to opt out of the backscatters to prove a point. Except the TSA turned them off for the most part some think explicitly to defuse the protest.
The protest was cancelled because I threatened to kick all the ‘tards who went along with it to death if they made me late. I don’t get to spend that much time with my nephew.
Also because it was a waste of time that ONLY inconvenienced travelers, not anyone important. Most protests are this way.
Is that airport screener Spike Trotman?
Oh yeah I think I heard of this. I’m curious though, is it all throughout America or just some airports? Also do they do that for EVERY person or is it random?
(Not next year but the year after I want to go back at some point.)
I went last year, though I also went through an american airport a few years ago when that shoe craze was really kicking up but I never had to do that- take off my shoes and all. (Then again it was just a connecting flight then to somewhere else). And the airport security laughed at me because I think liquids were just starting up then too (and I forgot I had some water bottles) since they found out I was British because apparently they’d got the idea from us.
Not the best of jokes, but it can’t be a fun job I guess. They seemed friendly enough then and they were the only security employees who smiled at all.
I always felt tempted to do something as a joke through customs but I was too scared to do so. It was their eyes… their souless humourless eyes… -rocks in foetal position-
* SAY something not DO
For now, it’s mostly random. I’m typing this while waiting for my flight – I was in line for the regular metal detector, and the tried to redirect me at the last minute.
I don’t even get what the big deal is with this. We’ve been cool with them shoving their hands up our asses since before I was ever born. Why is it such a problem that they can now take a peek at our junk?
We’ve been cool with what? What airports do you go to? Are you sure those are airports?
I sure as hell never had any hands shoved up my ass when I flew down to Florida for BotCon.
I fly like 30 times a year, and ain’t nobody ever even got near to touching me, ever.
Today I found out that airport cavity searches are not standard practice. FML
So it’s just you, then?
HA AHA AHA HA AHA AHA HA HUAHUA!
OH YEA! SCREW “NO FLY” THAT’S THE LIST I DON’T WANT ON!
I am literally laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes.
I just keep picturing some poor slob asking his friends: “You mean you NEVER get the anal probe?” “It’s JUST ME!?!”
Too bad the scanners themselves aren’t an option at my local airport.
While its an idoitic messure that doesnt really help security – I cant help thinking purhapes, as a soceity, we shouldn’t mind being seen naked so much. As a physical incovience its hardly a bother, its just a mental hang-up we have about nudity.
Its not like liquids, or shoes, or other security messures that actualy waste our time (and try to make us buy more at duty free too I suspect).
Also, on a more positive note, this comic was one that made me laugh the loudest in a long time
Just stay home. Who do you really need to see in person these days anyway? Once everyone realizes that travel is 100% optional then we can just declare that anyone who is actually traveling must be a terrorist and lock them up.
Are you serious???? You think you are doing yourself any favours by seeing the world through your TV or computer screen. That has to be the saddest thing I have ever heard and will pinpoint the exact moment in time when I realised that the people of the USA are not just in a state of finanial decline as a world power by also social decline as a member of world society. You really need to get out and travel more.
Yeah, an exchange of e-mails would have been exactly as enjoyable as the four days I recently spent in Maine with my sister and nephews. I could have Googled Moody’s Diner and maybe looked at a picture of the banana cream pie and the fist-sized cream puffs baked onsite with real custard–it would have been just as good as going there and eating the real thing.
I could have Googled Rolly’s Diner in Auburn and enjoyed reading the description of one of their skillet specials just as much as having one for breakfast on Sunday.
I could have gone online and found other people’s pictures of the sun setting over the water at Land’s End instead of seeing it myself. I could have visited the websites for the Owls Head Transportation Museum and Goldenrod Garage instead of visiting them in person, and talked to my nephew on the phone about Harry Potter 7.1 and to my other nephew about bowling, and it would have been just as good as doing all those things for real…
Seriously, friend, get out and see the world for real every now and then. Your life will be richer for it.
I mean as awesome as the nature documantaries are in the orgasmic video camera shots accompanied by David Attenboroughs soothing voice are, actually seeing and hiking a part of the grand canyon and Yosemiti park, while exhausting at points, was also awesome this summer (I mean, I’ve yet to get soaked to the bones along with my fellow travellers by a water fall during the shortish hike in Yosemiti just by watching a screenshot or video of it instead) It’s kind of hard to go white water rafting while sitting at a computer too. (There’s not exactly many places you can white water raft in the UK either to begin with don’t you know.) It was fun and a great experience- one I wouldn’t have otherwise if I’d stayed at home. So was getting stranded in LA for an extra night, even though it was a bit annoying it was also exciting. As was getting stranded in Italy earlier in the year because of the Iceland volcano in some ways. While I was also there on the 4th July and we didn’t get to see the huge fireworks, we did have stupid fun with sparklers and people of various nationalities at a camp site and when things went wrong. People who we would have never met or talked to probably, even on the almightly internets.
(Minor) Travelling disasters in of themselves can be experiences too. Sure sitting in front of a computer may be easier (albeit running the risk of minor bum cramps), but you kind of lose the experience of actually BEING there and taking a risk now and then.
Or even just with the other things. I mean I could possibly go to uni at the Open University- but then I would never meet my crazy awesome flatmates.
You guys realise he was joking, right?
No, I’m pretty sure they did not.
The funny thing is, each one took several minutes at a computer screen to tell somebody to not spend time cocooned at home. I-R-O-N-Y
So -thats- how some Americans actualy think parts of europe have panels that vote for their grannys to die.
If they traveled around more rather then being shut ins (not helped by this sort of thing, and the expensiveness of a passport), maybe they would learn that, hay, theres other countries doing things a bit different, but are still pretty cilivised.
Jeez, all the whining. Of course, people bitch about the seatbelt law, so I guess this was inevitable. You don’t like it, then don’t fly – viva la route 66!
I *do* like that the booth has a picture of a kid’s “nudie” shot up as a display model, that takes the absurdity to a whole new level. Also, that the purchased shot is horribly, horribly cut off – very true-to-life! :p
That’s not a kid.
It’s either a kid or a little person.
Does bring up a point though: Should kids (<18) be exempt from the scans since it would show images that would be illegal in any other place?
-opens up can of worms… steps back-
Oh and the purchased photo isn't cut off, that is just the clear window of the envelope the pictures come in. I kinda remember those envelopes from portrait days at school, though that was many, many years ago.
…it’s Head Alien, isn’t it?
Wow, those scanners really don’t make anybody safer.
Close. Just a normal Alien grunt.
…Since when was having to be seen naked/groped intimately to fly akin to having to wear a seatbelt to drive?
Why are both illegal to avoid: Because the government says IT’S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!
That is how they are akin.
That’s why they tried to ban shrimp chips in England too.
that’s… that’s pretty awesome, actually.
I think it’s kinda sad that people are complaining about the new pat-down procedure. Almost every nightclub I’ve been to in the past few years has been just as thorough, if not moreso. They check my wallet, my cigarette case, search the beltline, ankles, shoes, the works. If they want the club to be that safe, yeah, I’d kinda expect my flight to be the same.
Do they feel your dong?
Just the good ones.
So, when can WE buy copies of the photo?
Eh, Christmas day bomber last year had explosives in his junk, and now TSA checks out junk. London subway bombers had explosives in their sodas, and now TSA checks sodas. Richard Reid had explosives in his shoes, and now TSA checks shoes.
Tell ya, how TSA works is a mystery to me….
Of course, congressmen are exempt from TSA screening, so Robin really didn’t have to do that.
Has Phil the janitor become Phil the airline guy?
Was his name ever Phil? Or perhaps I am just making stuff up now based on fragments of memories.
Changing the topic, but how do you feel about Lynn Johnston putting your FBoFW parody strip on her site?
I let her know it was mine, so apparently I’m okay with it.
I just StumbleUpon’d this: http://cargocollective.com/4thamendment
Dang that’s cool!
If I didn’t think wearing it would put me on the “anal probe list” I would get the whole set.
I wonder if would be legal to wear anti-superman underwear? X-ray proof.
Oh em gee! I would buy anti-Superman underwear just for the NOVELTY of it *_*
Am I the only person whose one and only problem with the security crap is that it doesn’t work? Probably? Yeah thought so. Everyone carry on being upset for other reasons.
Well, it’s my main reason.
Yeah, that’s a large part of my problem with it, too. I mean, I don’t like the invasiveness of it and all, but I probably wouldn’t be so upset about it if there was actually some point beyond making a big show of how secure we supposedly are.
That looks like fun! Me next, me next!!!
I think you just found a way to fix the deficit without repealing healthcare reform.
After about the fifteenth look, I realized it said 746, but I could have sworn the red letters on Robin’s pic read ‘Ho’
I’m never taking an airplane ever again as long as those goddamn scanners exist. Im sorry but, pride and dignity is worth more then a plane ticket. Not to mention this is another slow and steady pave forward of the government trying to get people accept more and more of their bullshit. Stand up for yourselves, where’s your pride!?
I go the other way. If I fly again, I’m flying in nothing but a trenchcoat.
“Hey, if that guy can see my junk, everyone else should have the right to! *open coat*”
I read that a pilot actually tried just dropping his pants. They arrested him.
It’s funny, but someone on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me on NPR made a similar joke to this. I’m sure it’s a coincidence, but I think it’s kind of funny that people’s minds drift to this.
They should do it the way Israel does it… most secure airline in the world… skip the patdowns, but PROFILE THE EXPLODY PEOPLE.
Nah, can’t do that… might hurt somebody’s feewings… (and then they’d explode.)
a) How? The terrorists in recent years have had vastly different looks/backgrounds. How do you ¨profile¨ them.
b) Fucks sake, cilivisation man. We shouldn judge people on their apperence, age or anything else.
a)You should learn how Israel actually profiles people, BEFORE you make with the hurr-durr. There are other ways to profile people than by race.
b)Fuck’s sake, reality man. Humans judge everything by it’s appearance. We can’t NOT. It helps us do things like not eat the bad berries. That’s why companies spend billions on advertising and logos and graphics and layout and all that. It’s also why successfully applying for a Business professorship job at a major university, with 47 visible piercings and a bone through your nose, isn’t happening anytime in the near future.
I’d spend $20 for that.
i don’t suppose willis listens to wait wait don’t tell me? They did this joke last saturday. If not, great minds think alike eh?
Remind me to wear my sarong(bifurcated unisex.. fine it’s a skirt) if I ever go to America. Then refuse to get scanned.
I had to choose between a pat-down and this … so basically possible cancer or sexual harassment. I chose cancer because I am just that averse to being touched by strangers.
I kind of wish I had been able to see the x-ray. I think one side of my ribs is higher than the other and have no other way to check, and it would be a nice repayment for the radiation.
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