Tag: tsa

Exorcising the TSA demon

This is comes second-hand and from a very worked up Dad, so take what follows with a grain of salt. I just found out about it myself this morning.

Yesterday, while Kelly and the Little Man were going through airport security, the Little Man broke free from Kelly who, 20 weeks pregnant and trying to load stuff on the conveyor belt, had her hands full. A young TSA security employee, in an attempt to prevent the Little Man from getting through security without Kelly, knocked the Little Man over, who in turn banged is head and started to cry.

That is as mild and objective as I can put it based on Kelly’s level-headed description of the situation.

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“Don’t touch my junk” will save the day

This is why I am not overly concerned about the recent invasive screening techniques used by the TSA. The balance between freedom and security is a zero-sum game. Increase security and freedoms decrease. Increase freedoms and security decreases. Americans will tolerate only so much before they will do what they are best at–revolt. Congress is listening because they have to–the very people being felt-up by airport security staff are the same people who put Congress in office. With the Congress involved it is only a matter of time.  Pistole, the head of the TSA has said that he’s not going to change the policies. Fast forward to the not-too-distant future where he’ll likely issue a quiet memorandum, backing out of the policies which many people say border on sexual harassment.

There is a call to boycott the screenings on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.  It will be interesting to see how that works out. For me it comes down to a risk assessment: how much you value your freedom over how likely it seems to you that someone can sneak explosives on board an aircraft through existing security mechanism. I think the TSA has gone too far, but I’m not concerned because John Tyner’s, “Don’t touch my junk” will resonate with the public and with Congress in the same way that Roosevelt’s “little dog Fala” did. And the pendulum will begin to swing back the other way.