The US is about the only country that requires passengers to take off their shoes...
The Philippines does too. It hasn't changed anything.
It does seem like the default auto-bitrate tends to set things on the low side. Try control-shift-alt-b to manually select from the three available bitrates, and control-shift-alt-m for a menu of other interesting stuff.
than's not "handy", that's a handful. they could've made a better way to expose those commands since people could want higher bitrates if they have faster connections.
The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. The haves get more, the have-nots die.