It could use common sense, but who's common sense? That sort of thing
varies from person to person.
I wonder if it would be better to look for people, rather than things?
Common sense and the government are mutually exclusive.
I fly a lot... and to me, this piece lacks common sense. Do we really need to
turn the cabin of our jet liners into airborne versions of latin American
regional buses? Why in the heck does junior need their 3 foot long plastic bat
in flight? Is there a compelling reason lacrosse sticks will add to the comfort
of the flying public?Similarly, it you don't want your six year
old girls to get a pat down... it really is a simple process. Don't have
her wear metal as she goes through the scanner... just like everyone else. Its
kind of a binary decision. Is there a compelling reason 6 year olds need to get
a pass... exempt from the rules for everyone else?And no... they are
not searching the baby. Even the most average TSA person understands the baby
itself will not try to take over a plane. But please, don't tell me it
never passed your cranium the idea that some less than honorable parents
wouldn't try to use the babies carrier as a place to smuggle things on
board.Check Juniors bat in your bags, for the rest of us, he will
Go watch Airplane II and the security check scene. We have nearly reached this
Taking off Sandals, belts, etc. it silly.We are harassing ourselves
and have given our freedom away to some uneducated TSA screener to decide if we
deserve more harassing as we go through their screening procedure.We
have no recourse but to go along with it.One comment from us and we
miss our plane. We are powerless in that situation.It is lame.
It's like being in military basic training, no smart talk, follow the
regulations, use caution, leave your guns at home and you will go through
security much faster. I don't understand, but can live with taking my
sandals off. The biggest problem for me is non-uniformity aka the agent's
discretion. One TSA agent allows a rat tail comb or other mundane item while
another agent confiscates it.
I agree mostly with the column. Common sense is lacking not just with the TSA,
but with schools, who nowadays routinely suspend 5, 6, 7 yr olds for pretending
to shoot finger guns, or even saying the word gun, etc etc. Where I disagree is
that I don't think anyone will ever again be able to hijack a plane with a
pocket knife, and I was actually happy about the prospect (now cancelled) of
being about to bring on onto a plane again. In some cases, it could save me a
$25 baggage fee (otherwise I have to check the knife). I take my Swiss Army
knife everywhere, like a good boy scout, and it comes in handy nearly daily for
scissors, knife, screwdrivers etc. Does anyone else think someone could hijack a
plane with a pocket knife, or do you agree that the other passengers would just
kill him with their bare hands?
The pilots and flight crew in the 9/11 hijackings were taken out by box cutters.
The terrorists held the passengers at bay, except for Flight 93, by pretending
to have explosive devices. The passengers of Flight 93, perhaps through cell
phone communication, learned of the intentions of the hijackers and took action.
I have yet to see the TSA thwart a single terrorist attack.
Maybe you have to have a farm/ranch background to appreciate the symbolism of
the TSA. Those of us who grew up on farms and ranches used dogs and "hot
shots" to keep the sheep and cows from straying from the flock or from the
herd. We knew that if they knew we were "boss" that they would do
anything that we demanded, right up to the moment that they entered the
slaughterhouse.The government is doing a fine job of
"training" us to accept its authority over us. If they tried to do it
all at once, they would have a "stampede". So, they carefully take away
one freedom at a time, all the while assuring us that "security" is more
important than freedom. We did the same thing with the sheep and with the cows
as we looked forward to those juicy mutton chops and those tender steaks.
@Mike RichardsYour quote was "So, they carefully take away one
freedom at a time, all the while assuring us that "security" is more
important than freedom"You know, that is a reasonable statement.
We see employers do the same, slowly eroding employe benefits. Companies
used to offer retirement plans, fully paid medical benefits, company Christmas
parties, and picnics in the summer. In most large organizations, those are
slipping away. My company had its last christmas party 3 years ago after having
it for 27. Employ contribution to health increased, company retirements
reduced.But on the secirty side, these things have not happened in a
void. We saw what happens when you don't get early knowledge of events
early on. 9/11 wasn't the only event, but the capstone to a series of many
events. The downing of the LWA flight over Scotland. It was not a singular
event.Since the TSA has been in place, we have gone 12 years without
event. We had never gone they length before. LIke it or not, what Bush put in
with congresses approval... is working. It response to a very real threat...
not just sheep wrangling.
Anti Bush-Obama,Maybe you have not seen it, but the record has been
good. I'll take it (and the lack of common sense mixed with the sensible
How many terrorists have been discovered by TSA? The last time I checked: ZERO!
How many terrorists, or presumed terrorists, got on planes with our TSA in
place? You make your list. I have mine. Tell us how many planes had to be
diverted because some "nut" wanted to open the door, or some PILOT went
"nuts".The TSA has done nothing. Many of you
hold on to your "security blankets" and suck your thumb, just like some
of my toddler grandchildren. They feel safe. They have no idea that its their
parents who are keeping them from harm, not the blanket.The
government is incapable of keeping us safe. Look at Benghazi. Look at Ft.
Hood. Look at any murder in any city at any time, day or night. Talk to those
where were raped. Ask them if they called for help. Where was the government?
Where was safety?Get over your desire to be "safe" and get
on with your responsibility to stop looking to Washington for protection. Obama
tells us that he is not aware of terrorist actions. He claims that we have
nothing more to fear. Famous last words.