So, it’s comes to my attention that our Transportation Security Administration, or TSA for those with acronym deficiency syndrome, is in the business of taking weird blue pictures of our nether regions for freedom.
Because that’s why the terrorists hate us. Our “freedom.”
The TSA security professionals also freely grope us when we tell them that we’d rather not have our nakedness captured in wonderful Smurf-blue 3D during our holiday travels.
At this point, most of you have heard about or seen the video of Oceanside resident John Tyner, who balked at having his happy ending pat down done at the airport without his consent. He also coined the now famous phrase, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”
I agree with Mr. Tyner to an extent, but I think he was putting on a show for himself and his soon-to-be YouTube followers.
Prior to his incident with San Diego TSA security officers, Mr. Tyner very publicly asked how he should handle his security situation because he had an upcoming flight with family members. I sense a bit of a setup since he also had the time and presence of mind to record the entire situation on his cell phone.
As much as a part of me wants to tell him to just go through the screening process and we promise not to laugh at his digital ding dong, I also would react completely differently if my wife or daughter were subjected to this kind of treatment.
And if you really think they don’t pull aside and scan children, feel free to research it. It happens, often, and if the sight of a 3-year-old with a Thomas the Tank Engine backpack being hawked over by a tubby TSA agent doesn’t make you instantly irate, then perhaps you’re not paying attention.
The more I researched the TSA, the more nervous I actually got about these people checking our bags and our bodies.
They make anywhere from $11 to $16 per hour and are allegedly our first line of defense when it comes to safely traveling via commercial airlines. Transportation security officers have an attrition rate of 30 percent among full-time employees and 50 percent among part-time employees. If they’re that unhappy about their job, do you really think they’re doing a bang-up job of keeping us safe?
When the political whining and bureaucratic nonsense wains, it comes down to safety. Would I care if when I traveled to a country where I fit a very specific physical characteristic of a dedicated enemy of the state was therefore subject to a more thorough screening process than most? No. Simple as that.
If that meant I was profiled, I would welcome it. That just means I have peace of mind knowing the people whom are paid to keep my family safe are indeed doing that job and not looking over their shoulder for the PC police to give them a slap on the wrist.
Filed Under: Doorman Diaries