Anyone who’s followed my articles over the past five years knows that I have particular disgust for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
It’s not anything personal. I’ve never really been mistreated by them that I can think of, thankfully. Although it’s a little difficult, I don’t make a fool out of myself when I’m at the airport. I don’t make a scene in front of the TSA just to make a point. If I’m going to fly, I understand that I have to deal with TSA’s security theater. It’s the way it is, and there’s no fighting it. It is what it is.
What vexes me the most is that the agency exists at all. The very nature of the agency’s practices completely renders the 4th Amendment null and void.
And on top of that, they employ incompetent and pilfering individuals of low moral character and ill repute to “screen” passengers for terrorists. To this day, the TSA have stopped zero terrorist attacks. Sure, we have not had to endure a terrorist attack of the caliber of 9/11, but that has nothing to do with the TSA. We haven’t had a terrorist attack like that, in spite of the TSA’s imbecilic practices, considering that they have a 97 percent failure rate. What a useless and infuriating joke.
A mother who asked TSA agents at DFW International Airport for alternative screening for her son with special needs said they were “treated like dogs” and forced to miss a flight during an extensive security check, according to her Facebook post that has since gone viral.
But the Transportation Security Administration said in a prepared statement that it followed approved procedures to “resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.”
Jennifer Williamson wrote Sunday morning that her son has a sensory processing disorder and that she asked agents to “screen him in other ways per TSA rules.”
An accompanying video shows a TSA agent patting down her son. The agent pats down his backside before moving to his front. She writes in the post they were kept for more than hour in the “horrifying” incident.
TSA disputed Williamson’s account, noting in its statement that the passengers were at the checkpoint for about 45 minutes, including the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the teen’s mother and the inspection of three carry-on items. The pat-down took about two minutes, according to the agency.
It’s not just that this kid has Sensory Processing Disorder. It’s that this happens at all to anyone. The TSA do this not only to those with special needs, but also to wounded veterans, cancer patients, and seniors in wheelchairs.
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