I've heard about the body scanner a lot at airport security since their implementation. I was never made to do one until yesterday, because I was always directed to go through the good old metal detector, and in most of my recent trips, I was given an expedited screening pass so they swapped something off my hands, scanned my hands somewhere and I walked through a metal detector very quickly. I always hated taking off of my shoes and put them in a tray together with my purse and clothes. It's disgusting to me. The tray was always dirty with other people's dirty shoes on them before. They were so concerned about Ebola, what if Ebola droplets are stuck on the shoes? People walk in rest rooms, step on urine and vomit all the time.... and then they put those filthy shoes on the trays that you will be using to put your handbags and your coats and jackets so you can wipe the dirty trays with your clean clothes? It's gross. So when they started the expedited screening in LAX, I was really relived about it. They didn't have Ebola back then but I was still disgusted by all the flu virus or God knows what virus on the vomit droplets and fecal particles that are often found on the sole of people's shoes. This is why Asians don't like to take their shoes inside their house.
As much as I hate the Los Angeles International Airport because to me it's old, musty, dirty, ugly and depressing, I hate Newark Liberty Airport even more. It's because I think it's a worse airport than LAX and I can careless about the light rail there. Restrooms are very important to me and the restrooms at the terminal I flew back were disgusting. Even the chairs in the waiting area outside the gates were very dirty. I couldn't find a clean chair that I could sit near the baggage claim area. The TSA staff there were really rude and they had a very bad attitude.
The TSA staff at LAX didn't look too approachable either but they were less hostile looking than the ones at Newark Liberty. Besides, LAX always offered me the expedited screening where I didn't have to do body scan. But the TSA at Newark not only made me do a body scan but it was a guy and he made me stand inside the scanner for too long. He kept telling me I wasn't posing right, or I wasn't holding my arms up the right way that he didn't get a clear image. What the hell was that? So I was all nervous without my purse, and my backpack and money because they were a few feet away on some conveyor belt that I couldn't see. I worried that some other travelers or even the TSA staff there would just take my purse while I was stuck in the stupid body scanner. Then when I saw that the body scan was conducted under the discretion of the TSA and that not everybody was made to go in. I was really furious!!!!! The "pretend to work" mentality in America really disgusts me. I had seen too many people who "pretend to work" and get a paycheck because what they do really don't matter to any productivity of anything. This is why I don't believe the GDP growth reported by the government. If only they deduct the salary of all these people who are "pretending to work" like this TSA guy at Newark Liberty, the GDP of this country is way lower; and Japan or China had already surpassed America many years ago to be the biggest economy in the world. I was really upset by the body scan and by the fact that I stayed there longer than I needed to be because the "image wasn't shown right..." kind of excuse. Excuse me???? Do I look like a terrorist? Throughout the entire history of aviation or even the entire existence of the USA as a country, was there a bomber who was a young Asian woman??? Meanwhile, others who look and dress more like the profiles of those who had caused trouble were waved through without a scan. This is what upset me. I really really think Newark Liberty Airport is run by total uneducated idiots. I will never want to fly in or out of that airport again. Never!
The airports in America literally were never updated since I first visited this country with my parents one summer when I was in elementary school. Back then I was very impressed with the airports in the USA, they seemed so big and modern to me and the restrooms were so clean. What had happened after all these years?? Either I had changed or the airports had deteriorated over the decades, now the airports in America disgust me, with ugly and worn out carpet, broken ceiling where rain was dripping through, toilet bowls where poops were floating around, and soiled toilet papers on the floor. I don't know how anyone can do their makeup and facials in the restrooms at the airports nowadays because the sinks are disgusting, they have rusty faucets and drain plates. The counter tops are filthy and old looking.
People have to go visit Beijing or Shanghai in China in order to know what I am talking about here. I can't believe China has much nicer airports than the USA. How did this happen? I guess two decades of progress and two decades of deterioration can change everything. I remember when I was a kid, I really admired the US airports because we had only an ugly and tiny one-runway airport in Hong Kong back then. But now the airport in Hong Kong is spacious, modern and nice with lots of options in dining and other amenities that American airports just don't have, and may not have for the next 20 years to come....because cities simply don't have the money to update them, and even if they have the money, the work efficiency in America can't remodel the airports fast enough... So I don' t see there will be major improvements for a long time, they will just have to patch the roof here and there, or to put a bucket here and there like I saw them, to catch the dripping rain.
I'm glad to finally make it home though, and my travelling experience so far has made me enjoy being at home a lot more.