The revolt against the TSA is a sign of the times. Popular frustration with the TSA dates back to its establishment during the Bush administration. It is another big government bureaucracy that performs ineptly and with gross inconvenience. It provides far more security theater than security.
The TSA is bound by a form of political correctness that has long rendered it a joke. With its newly implemented scanning and pat down procedures, however, the TSA has become something worse than a joke. It has become intrusive and humiliating to a degree that is difficult to accept. Reader Kim Nelson writes, for example:
I thought the TSA uproar was probably much ado about nothing until tonight when I flew from Providence to Philadelphia.
I have an artificial hip which sets off metal detectors every time I fly. Tonight I found out that the metal detecting wands are no more. Instead, there was an extremely personal pat down, leaving no part of my body untouched. I was appalled by the experience.
The fact that I had to go through it though I'm a man in my 50's with nothing more serious than a speeding ticket in my lifetime is pretty ridiculous. There is no reason in the world to think that I'm a threat.
I believe that this approach is more of the politically correct approach that the federal government has taken since September 11, 2001. The authorities make the general public jump through all kinds of hoops that add nothing to airline safety (such as chasing people away from waiting in their cars to pick up someone outside an airport) instead of a more intelligent approach focusing on people who are likely to pose a threat.
Presiding over the organization is Janet Napolitano, the lady variously dubbed Janet Incompetano and Big Sis. Big Stupid would also fit
SCOTT JOHNSON: Revolt Against The TSA: “The TSA It is bound by a form of political correctness that has long rendered it a joke. With its newly implemented scanning and patdown procedures, however, the TSA has become something worse than a joke. It has become intrusive and humiliating to a degree that is difficult to accept.”
Related thoughts from Charles Krauthammer: “The junk man’s revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy.”