Jim Babb reports:
Tonight, Ken Krachuk and I did some pamphleting at Philadelphia airport. Our purpose was to test the airport response in preparation for Nov 24th (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162033297164849). We passed out about 40 flyers, both outside and inside the airport, without incident. Because the airport was relatively quiet, most of the people we talked to were airline personnel. Here is a copy of what we passed out http://www.scribd.com/doc/41471741/TSAFlyer-Draft2. Its a rough draft of information that will be on the 4″ x 9″ slim-jim that will be mass produced. Feel free to make any comments about the content.
We learned a few things.
1) Philadelphia already has a scanner at one terminal.
2)The response was overwhelmingly positive. One baggage checker used packing tape to affix our flyer to his counter. A pilot said I “I went through one today. THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE?!?”. Others were also amazed out how detailed the scans are. This seems to be a key point for our outreach. People have heard about the scanners, but have no idea how invasive it is. This is the key to arousing public outrage.
3) The reaction on the 24th may still be unpredictable, but no one approached me during about 35 minutes of pamphleting. I even gave a flyer to a TSA agent. No signs are posted about loitering, soliciting, etc. I’m optimistic about pamphleting on the 24th. Ken will be making a courtesy call to Philadelphia police to notify them of our intentions. I expect no reaction from them accept a thank you.
4) We identified the Airport Marriott bar as the best start and end spot for the Nov 24th operation. It’s a safe place to gather our team, where we can be treated like customers instead of suspects. Its also perfect for some well earned beers afterwords.