I was traveling over the past few days, which always puts me in a mood. Like vile and cantankerous.
This morning I happened to read a couple of articles that reinforced for me (not that I needed the additional encouragement) just how stooopid the whole TSA performance art crap really is. Here is the first one.
Savannah, who is a type one diabetic and wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, says she ran into TSA agents who were not prepared to deal with her medical situation. “I went up to the lady and I said, I am a type one diabetic. I wear an insulin pump. I showed her the pump. I said, what do you want me to do? I usually do a pat down – what would you recommend?”
Savannah then showed agents a doctor’s note explaining that the sensitive insulin pump should not go through the body scanner. She says she was told to go through it anyway.
Of course, the pump malfunctioned, just like the doctor told them it would, Now, here’s the kicker:
She says TSA agents then made the situation worse when they didn’t know what to do about her juice and insulin. “She said, because we don’t have the machines to scan the juice to make sure this is not an explosive we do have to do a full body pat down and search your through your bags.” Of course, that’s what she wanted in the first place, but it was too late.
Seriously? The girl told them she needed a hand search. If they had done that in the first place, she would not have been terrorized by the fear of dying due to TSA effing up her insulin pump. But no, they have to follow procedures, even then the procedures clearly violate common sense.
This is out of Salt Lake City, which is not that big of an airport. I have had some personal experience with that place as well and it is a pain to get through.
I went through Albuquerque yesterday. Now, understand I have parts in my that I was not born with. A natural result of breaking bones in odd ways in odder places. These scanners are real good at picking up screws in my leg. But what about devices like the new, improved underwear bomb that was caught by intelligence, not geez-whiz gadgetry?
As federal officials learned more about the latest garment bomb, they considered its implications for airport security. Some congressional officials on Monday said the device would have been “undetectable” at a U.S. airport, but that view was questioned Tuesday.
Going through ABQ and watching who got pulled out for “closer examination” after the full-body scan emphasizes just how much this whole security stuff is nothing more than busy work for the sake of appearing busy. An elderly man with an artificial hip was pulled out. A five-year old got a pat down when the machine beeped as she passed through. This is in addition to the parade of plain old ordinary folks subjected to being herded like cattle through the scanner.
Pre-pubicent pig-tailed girls, and little ol’ ladies from Pasadena are not going to blow up planes.
These are not rare stories. But I happened to see them and more in the short time it took me to go through “Security” at ABQ.
Savannah think TSA needs more training. I don’t think it will help. I think we need to just get rid of it altogether. Like Michael Totten said over at Instapundit this morning:
TSA needs to spend more time looking for terrorists and less time looking for objects.
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