What If The Standard Operating Procedure Sucks?

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 15 2011 @ 9:50am

This video of a six-year-old girl getting a pat down has gone viral:


The TSA insists that "the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures." Julian Sanchez rolls his eyes:

While I suppose it would be disturbing if individual agents were just improvising groping protocol on the fly (so to speak), the response suggests that TSA thinks our concerns should be assuaged once we’ve been reassured that everything is being done by the book—even if the book is horrifying. But in a sense, that’s the underlying idea behind all security theater: Show people that there’s a Plan, that procedures are in place, whether or not there’s any good evidence that the Plan actually makes us safer.