For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 4 years ago

    It’s amazing but the noise from kids enjoying toys is much more acceptable to the ear than the sound of kids whining or screaming or bawling. As you notice, none of the passengers appear to be disturbed. Just wait till mom takes away the toys…

  2. mollie05

    mollie05 said, over 4 years ago

    It’s true, nothing worse than whining kids!!

  3. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Oh, please. The security on U.S. flights is still downright pathetic compared to that of overseas flights. I’ve flown to African countries and seen better security that was less invasive. The airport security I saw in Scotland during the Hoof-and-Mouth epidemic was tighter than what the TSA can muster.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many Americans are gullible enough to believe that increased humiliation always equals increased security. Not to mention, have you looked around airports, lately? We get all excited about having to fly on a plane with anyone who looks even remotely Middle Eastern, but it sure doesn’t seem to bother us to have them serve us from a kiosk or stick our luggage on carts.

    As for John and the noisy toys, I’ve always thought Lynn Johnston exaggerated the stupidity of some of her male characters. This is a classic example. Even Dad would be thoroughly sick and tired of those noisy things after a couple of hours stuck on a plane with them, let alone all the other passengers. He’s hardly an absentee dad and they’re both well out of diapers. You’d think he’d have a clue by now.

  4. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 4 years ago

    The metal rod in my leg plus my artificial hip always sets off the metal detector. When it does that in a US airport, I’m subjected to a full pat-down (I’m in my 70s). I just returned from Europe and went through security many times at various airports there. When the metal detector went off my examination was finished in SECONDS. I’m not saying that senior citizins should be overlooked in profiling: Remember the guy who killed the security guard at the Washington DC Holocaust Center? He was 89.

  5. psychlady

    psychlady said, over 4 years ago

    Yeah, nobody likes whining kids!

  6. neatslob

    neatslob said, over 4 years ago

    Try to find an airport these days that sells toy guns in a gift shop.

  7. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, over 4 years ago

    The problem with the TSA is that in our effort to be politically correct and not make anyone mad, we are patting down 90 year old grannies and 4 year olds in Scooby Doo pajamas and letting the guy in the turban go by without a second glance. I am not saying we should ban certain people from commercial air, but let’s have common sense. If granny can barely walk with a colostomy bag, you REALLY think she is hiding a bomb?!

  8. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, over 4 years ago


    I agree about the sound, but after a while it’s like doing business with terrorist.

  9. Jenn

    Jenn said, over 4 years ago

    Dad’s an idiot! And I don’t believe in feeding into children’s demands just to get them to be quieter. They’re kids! Of course they won’t be quiet. For any reason. They’re too amped up for this trip already.

  10. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 4 years ago

    hcr1985: It might also help if they knew turban styles. A starched fabric with precisely spaced wrappings is going to be a Sikh. A soft, wrap around anywhichway could be anyone from a Pushto to a Seminole.

  11. lshim671

    lshim671 said, over 4 years ago

    The problem is that it’s the illusion of security. Remember what the terrorists brought on the 9/11 planes? Not bombs. Box cutters. In other countries, professionals keep an eye on things and investigate when their senses tell them something’s up. In the U.S., we look at scans of naked people, pat down anyone wearing cargo pants and go about our business. (If you still think the extra security makes planes safer, consider this: Anyone with a small amount of know-how can turn the average laptop battery into a bomb.)

  12. Rug Ratz

    Rug Ratz said, over 4 years ago

    While it is not the TSA and plane bombs, I read an article that border patrols are catching more and more “senior citizens” transporting drugs across the border … supplementing social security payments, I guess. You cannot assume anyone anymore. And baby’s diapers can hide drug packets … or was that from a cop CSI program?

  13. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 4 years ago

    The other day in a grocery store I saw the wave of the future – no, make that the wave of the present. A family was shopping, and I saw the young boy walking along, staring at a small hand-held device of some sort (I’m not up on what you call them all, but it wasn’t quite big enough for a Nintendo). Later I saw another family with a young boy and an older girl, and they were both staring at their hand-held devices. And they were quiet. Up in WI I let my grandkids (ages 5 -15) ogle their Nintendos, iPads or read or whatever, when we’re eating out (I read the newspaper or Vanity Fair). Keeps us all pretty quiet. Otherwise, there’s likely to be hollering and mayhem.

  14. thehag

    thehag said, over 4 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    My sister carries copies of her xrays to show all the metal in her leg. Still gets a pat down of course.

  15. T.E. Lawrence

    T.E. Lawrence said, over 4 years ago

    This strip is showing its age. Plastic guns are no longer sold at airport gift shops.

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