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31 January 2012 @ 04:32 pm
Ableism @ LAX  
Here's what happened at security today.

TSA officer, to me: "Uh, that... your cane, we'll need to run it through the scanner."
Me: Okay.
TSA Officer (turning immediately to elsmi): "Can she walk unassisted?"

I'll... just leave that there. Cause yes, this really happened, really happens, is a really common sort of ableist microaggression.

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Anyway one thing this means is that we really are at LAX and all the packing etc happened. Opting out of the backscatter (they have backscatters for EVERYBODY here) took the last of my spoons, but I shouldn't need to brain much now anyway; and I have books on the ereader, so I'm good to go.

See you guys on the other end!
 
 
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Dr. Kvetch: what?rose_lemberg on February 1st, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
*kicks those people*
shweta_narayan: authorpic1shweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
<3
It was so boggling I almost laughed at him, but... my amusement is tempered a whole lot by the knowledge that this is the same system of systematic dehumanization that gets people with worse disabilities than me killed :(
Becca Stareyes: truthbeccastareyes on February 1st, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
That's... some people, I don't even... they just asked you a question, for goodness sake!

Hopefully the rest of your flight will be less irksome.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
I KNOW RITE

In fact I think he might even have started to ask me; it might have even been "Can you... can she walk without assistance?" but it was very quick so I'm not certain.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
unassisted. That. The exact wording is starting to fuzz in my brain, which is part of why I wanted to write it down as soon as possible.
dsmoendsmoen on February 1st, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Grrrr.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
Still shaking my head @ this today.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on February 1st, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
The thing about the TSA is that getting a good agent is such a crapshoot. Sometimes you get the guy who shuts up his co-worker who is mocking your cane and volunteers that they have metal-free ones if you need it for short distances. Sometimes you get...his co-worker. And betting that it will be the former just does not work.

It sucks, and I'm sorry.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 1st, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. Though, this agent was in between. I don't think there was any malice there, but it was like once he parsed enough for his "omg disability" switch to flip he stopped reasoning about me as a person.
Dichroicdichroic on February 1st, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Sigh. There's a great Fred Small talking blues song with a similar story. I am very sorry to hear that it's still common. (Did Elsmi say, "I don't know - why don't you ask her?" Though I suppose when dealing with that situation the most natural thing would be just to answer quickly as get away asap.) I hope the rest of the move goes well and smoothly.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
He didn't get a chance, really. I said "Yes I _can_" while elsmi's jaw was I think still on the floor.
kythiaranos: poke in the eyekythiaranos on February 1st, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I suppose whacking him with said cane would have been intemperate? (No doubt you're a much better person than I, and never even considered it. :P)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
heh, I like the mental image :D
But I didn't consider it, and it has nothing to do with nice; I am Not A US Citizen, and non-white to boot, so I know not to even think about irritating security people.
wirewalkingwirewalking on February 1st, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Ugh, some people. I'm sorry you had to deal with such a stupid shit. Also that site makes me want to go break EVERYBODY'S FACE.

Fingers crossed for a smooth flight (and, y'know, whole move and everything)! <3
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
It was just so.... ridiculous, y'know?

Flights were smooth! And while my brain agrees with my computer that it's 3am and Why Am I Up, even adjusting to the time change is being fairly smooth.
Sovay: Sovay: David Owensovay on February 1st, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
*hugs*

And here's to not dealing with people like that for a while . . .
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
*hugs*!

And even if I do, if they're not security I can at least laugh in their faces :)
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesongshadesong on February 1st, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Adam and Elayna were both surprised to hear that. I wasn't; I've had way too many people addressing me about friends who were using wheelchairs instead of addressing the people themselves. "You should ask her that" was a common response from me.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised to hear that you weren't surprised :/

In this case, I just jumped in while poor elsmi was still picking his jaw up off the floor.

I'm happy to say though that nobody else on any leg of the flight did that sort of thing, even though I did get a wheelchair & assistance through Charles de Gaulle.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 1st, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Oh good grief. Yep, canes are definitely ear support.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
:D

& since I am a little hard of hearing, it *could* even have been appropriate in a different context. It just... wasn't.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 1st, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Candle lit--be safe!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
It worked! :D
Sherwood Smithsartorias on February 2nd, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yippee!!
-pd-: Travelyarram on February 1st, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Ugh, TSA. Say no more.

I hope the rest of your trip is utterly uneventful!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Mostly good eventful. We got business class from LAX to Paris on my father's air miles, so we were spoiled rotten :D
Julie Andrewsjulieandrews on February 1st, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Good on you for opting out of the backscatter. I sort of got tricked into it at Orlando before I knew what was happening. And then I had to do it _again_ because the guy was joking around and made me move before I was supposed to.

So sad you're no longer in the same country as me!!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Oooog!
and yeah, I figure I have enough health problems without unmoderated radiation thx.

So sad you're no longer in the same country as me!!


Me too! Clearly you should come visit :D
Stephanie Burgis: Tired Mayastephanieburgis on February 1st, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
Gaaaaaaaah. :(

*HUGS*

But I'm so glad we'll be in the same country soon!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
*hugs*!

And now, we are. Though not according to many Scots :D
(And now, I can get Kat #2! I've been looking forward to it greatly!)
Samantha Hendersonsamhenderson on February 1st, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh good lord.

Anyway, I hope the trip went splendiforously after that! Happy landings!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, it did :) Though of course adjusting to the time change is fun.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on February 1st, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
That's awful.
I hope the rest goes smoothly and with minimal discomfort.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
The rest was as good as plane travel can be, really, thanks :)
My body still insists it's 3am but other than that, we're all good here.

Annnd I still owe you email *facepalm*
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on February 2nd, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
There is no hurry. I owe you a piece on Carol Ann Duffy, after all. Take care of yourself.
melissima: Watch Memelissima on February 1st, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Sorry. Here's hoping the rest of the traveling is better!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
Thank you, it was :)
ebelieebelie on February 1st, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
I've noticed this happens to people who are blind, at least where I live, because of course if you can't see you couldn't possibly hear. I guess not being able to hear extends to people with canes - it makes as much sense.
Lila Ralstonunhappytriad on February 2nd, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
My former college roommate is blind, and when we went out to eat servers in restaurants would ask one of the rest of us "and what does SHE want?" To which our standard reply was, "I don't know. Why don't you ask HER?" Jesus.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
*so much headshaking*
Aliette de Bodard: gruffialiettedb on February 2nd, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
Gaaaaaahhh
Hope you had a less stressful flight.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on February 2nd, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, we did :) We got spoiled rotten on the long leg.

And I was pleasantly surprised by Charles de Gaulle being *really* smoke-free; in '07 we were told that Schiphol was smoke-free and... that was "except for the cafes every 50 feet with smoking allowed", so I was expecting something like that. But no, it was awesome! Airports I can breathe in, how about that?

The perfume shops, now, those continue allergenic, but oh well :)
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