If you are like many people and are afraid of clowns, here’s some terrible news.
According to the New York Post, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is trying to calm fliers down in overstuffed airports that are often understaffed. Their solution? Bringing in some fun. They report that in order to do this, Seattle’s Sea-Tac and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airports are using musical performers, Northern Kentucky International Airport is using therapy horses and the San Diego International Airport is sending in clowns.
“They are creating content inspired by the traveler experience, so they will constantly be visible, trying out new ideas and interacting with passengers,” said airport spokesman Jonathan Heller. “We certainly think they will be at the checkpoints often, as people waiting in line are a great audience for them!”
I’m all aboard bringing in puppies, ponies, and candy to cheer passengers up, but clowns? HELL NO. Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, NOPE. Clowns are terrifying and shouldn’t be used unless airports are looking to clear space by having would-be passengers leave the airport and never return. If I was a frustrated flier and saw a clown trying to cheer me up, I might reactively punch it in the face. Seriously, clowns are awful.
I do think providing frustrated fliers with a bit of a calming experience is a great idea and giving all these options is a great step towards better travels, but I’m hung up on the clowns. WHY!? I guess I’m never flying into San Diego.
[New York Post/Photo: allawesomethings.com]