A reader writes:
My son was patted down by TSA at the age of nine, and it lasted almost a full minute. He is now a fully functioning twelve year old who appears to have overcome the outrageous assault; getting the window seat over his brother was instrumental in his recovery.
What I find offensive is the outrage level for a two-minute inconvenience (look at the banners on that video: “makes your blood boil”, tyranny, etc) when there is absolutely no outrage that likely innocent people, without any charge, have been sitting in Guantanamo, after being tortured, for nearing a decade. Those are not cute little white kids; they look like terrorists so they apparently got what they deserve.
Does anyone honestly believe that TSA employees don’t situationally profile suspicious looking people already? They are human beings, so they do what comes naturally. Or are people upset that it is not codified into some law or manual to make them feel better? What is the point – does anyone think that will do away with the random searches that slow down the line? It won’t.
Every time there is one of these “Oh my God can you believe they searched a child/old woman/nun” stories, there seems to be the impression that other, more deserving (??) people are not being searched. Everybody has to stand in line and be inconvenienced; terrorists waving AK-47s are not running past while a four year old is being frisked. As anyone who has travelled has learned, TSA is not speeding up the process because of a crowd. Yes, I can point to ten or so people I think I would search more thoroughly while I sit in line for an hour at LaGuardia, but that just makes me a little bigoted and likely somewhat dumb because none of those people blew up a plane.