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  1. The airport experience just prior to travelling gives you a clear reminder of where your place is and what your role is on planet earth, as far as the PTB are concerned. The reason this is particularly the case in an airport is because International travel is the closest most human beings can get to true and absolute freedom in this physical world. Upon entering airport security, you are literally 'herded' down several hundred feet of cordons, like sheep being herded by a sheepdog before coming out the other end, Lazarus like, into a glitzy, hyperreal consumerist 'heaven'; which gives you a final decisive assessment of your role as a human being on 21st century earth: a consumer.

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      Spot on! I haven't travelled from an airport since before the Covid scam, preferring to holiday in the UK now. There's such a rigmarole involved in travelling by plane, you do get used to it after a while so you know what to expect. But at the end of the day, when airlines tell you to arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight is due to depart, the intention is to trap you in that 'departure lounge' (after passing through the 'Duty Free Shop') so you have plenty of time to have a drink, or something to eat, or to buy books or magazines, or buy cameras or suitcases etc etc (Seriously who buys a suitcase from a departure lounge shop?)

      In comparison, the last few times I have gone away has been by train - I can arrive at the station ten minutes before the train is due to depart, I don't have to go through any intrusive 'security screening', I don't have to 'check in' (apart from using my ticket at the barriers) and I can just go straight down to the platform. Yes, there are shops and stuff at New Street station in Birmingham, but you can just walk right past them if you have no interest.

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