Sunday, November 14, 2010
There is good news for an American flying public that was sick of airport security insisting that they take off their shoes, remove their belts, pull off prosthetic legs, and hop into a full-body microwave for naked pictures.
And the good news is that those will be considered "the good old days" compared to what's being added to the TSA's security procedures: "Enhanced Pat-downs." Specifically, an "enhanced pat-down" means that passengers will be required to submit to a hands-on search of their body, with special attention to the breasts and genitalia.
The flying public is, unsurprisingly, furious about this...especially as the new policy also applies to children.
The reason for these new measures is quite simple: the best place for terrorists to conceal bombs is where no one wants or expects to be searched by hand - which is how the Underwear Bomber came close to blowing a jet out of the sky.
But is groping every man, woman, and child really the smartest way to combat this threat, or is it simply another way of avoiding the use of logical profiling measures to focus on who the most likely terrorists are?
Homeland Security needs to reject political correctness and start treating terror seriously... instead of just a ballgame.