Monday, June 27, 2011

Why I have come to hate flying

Pipe this story plucked from the LATimes:
The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security.

Read the whole sorry thing here.
I have always maintained that a consortium of the country's finest minds could likely find some reliable indicators of possible saboteurs by reviewing the characteristics of perpetrators from the past and write logarithms to select that group for special scrutiny. Lots of 95-year-old women suffering from cancer? Then give that dangerous demographic closer attention in inspection lines. Or maybe there is some other common characteristic of terrorists. Brown eyes? Males under 40? Certainly not Middle Eastern provenance? We all know that it's not allowed to declare the frank evidence of our eyes, to use good old Anglo-Saxon empiricism. There are places I'd love to go, but I stifle the urge because the TSA procedures make me so angry, and I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same way. This incident seems particularly egregious thuggery on the part of this nasty bunch of putative public servants.


Edith Ann said...

I don't care how many times they say they followed procedure, this is indefensible. This was like their touching of the 4 year old child.

My heart goes out to this woman.

My sister is flying to Cali on Sunday, out of Austin. Could be interesting to hear what she observes. She's nosy that way!

Pilot said...

They should be prosecuted for this. Be flying out to the West Indies in just over a week with the family. That should be interesting as well. Just so they don't make me leave my rum and coffee in San Juan.......

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