Seems like there are more and more stories lately about the TSA and their pat downs in addition to other government agencies stepping beyond their limits. Like most people I think I’m getting numb to them.
But then I read a story like this about a three year old girl in a wheel chair that gets pulled aside, has her doll taken away, and the parents told that TSA agents are going to have to give the little girl a pat down. Oh, and I love the fact that the TSA told the mother that videotaping them is illegal.
Are you freakin’ serious???
I wonder if that made the other travelers around them feel safer? I wonder what those agents thought the little might possibly have been hiding?
Yesterday Mrs Jarhead and I were reminiscing about the good old days back when you could travel and not worry this kind of harassment. (We also talked about when you could get real food and service and it didn’t cost you a mint to check a bag.)
But back to the topic, which is we Americans have got to stop being sheeple. Some people feel safer giving up all their rights and handing over their pride and dignity at the gate. Apparently some people are willing to trade their freedom so that they can travel with peace of mind. They don’t mind being held up. They don’t mind acting like docile little sheep being told what to do and when to do it. We get enough of that every day.
I’m tired of handing over my rights and dignity so that others can feel safe when boarding an airplane. Guess what? There are no guarantees in life. Here’s a quote from Fight Club: “On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”
Even if they nab that mad bomber there’s no saying that the aircraft itself isn’t going to crash because of an engine failure. As the saying goes, “Shit happens.”
Here’s what bothers me. In an effort not to stereotype and pick on the wrong people they choose folks like that little girl in the video to pat down and harass.
In the end I guess the image of that little girl crying and saying she doesn’t want to go to Disney is what tipped me over the edge.
Shame on anybody who’d put a young child through something like that and good on those parents for not letting those TSA agents touch their little girl.
If someone tried that with one of my kids I’d probably be a hell of a lot less gracious than those parents in the video. I’m going to sign my name extra bold today, so that the people in charge will be able to read it and know where I stand on this issue.
The TSA did eventually apologize for this, but it never should have happened in the first place.
How about it?
Have you had enough?
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