One of the stories this week every American political cartoonists drew a cartoon on were the long lines in airport security checkpoints. Every cartoonists except me, until now.
The point made by each and every single one of those cartoons were “the lines are long” and “waiting sucks.” I’m really not into that sort of commentary. There were also a bunch of cartoons about graduation with the point that the job market stinks. Yeah, hard hitting stuff. I’ve done my share of those cartoons in the past but that was when I was on the staff of a newspaper and editors LOVE light-heart crap. I’m sure many of my newspaper clients would like for me to draw more of those.
I don’t disagree that waiting sucks. But complaining about long lines is like complaining about the weather.
With the downing of EgyptAir maybe we should keep things a bit more in perspective.
I have had no personal experience with waiting in a country other than the United States, but I have read Americans have the least amount of patience. I’m probably the worst one. I hate waiting in traffic, in lines, for people,girls (seriously, girls. Why?) trailers at the movies, my dog to hurry up and poop. I lose patience with microwaves. Hurry up and pop that popcorn, dammit!
But you know what’s worst than waiting in line at a TSA checkpoint? Exploding. Exploding would suck. Drowning sucks too. Also, eaten by sharks. That’s probably not a good time.
I think it’s too soon to blame this on terrorists. ISIS hasn’t even taken credit yet which is surprising, even if they didn’t do it. Whether this was terrorism or not, it’s a reminder that having the TSA keeping us safe is a good thing. Even if you have to smell someone’s stinky feet on your way to your flight.
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