Over the weekend some people were outraged by this video showing a TSA agent searching three-year-old, Mandy at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport:
This child was not singled out. According to TSA’s website:
We have to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies), before they can go through the security checkpoint.
First of all, I’m sure that little Mandy’s daddy, reporter Steve Simon, wasn’t too upset that this happened to his tot. Secondly, Mr. Simon, who refers to his daughter as “cranky” (perhaps because her teddy bear was taken away) notes: “First they [TSA agents] tried a hand-held metal detector, Mandy was not in the mood.”
I know what you’re thinking … but she’s a child traveling with her mommy and daddy, terrorists don’t blow up airplanes while traveling with their families. I agree but, as Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air points out:
We can’t know for certain that terrorists wouldn’t use a child as a mule to get explosives or other weapons through airport security, of course. In fact, we’ve seen al-Qaeda use children and the mentally impaired as “suicide” bombers in Iraq, so we know they have no scruples in doing so.
Airport security evolves usually after incident, not before. The new “everyone gets screened” policy went into effect after last year’s failed underwear bomb attack. Even though he should have never been on that flight because Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab DID NOT have a passport. But never fear because “the system worked”. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, I mean the attack was a failure and if the crotchbomber hadn’t gotten on this flight we’d still be at risk for this type of threat, right?
I support the Patriot Act (I know, I know…RINO) and any policy that keeps terrorists off of airplanes. The full body scanners which show your everything to TSA screeners, and may have shown Adbulmutallab’s crotch bomb, aren’t going over well with travelers. Not only are the body scanners seen as invasive and intrusive but some say they may also put you at risk for unsafe radiation exposure. The FTLA (Future Trial Lawyers of America) are smiling. Cha-ching! Not into radiation, no worries you can always opt for an “aggressive” pat-down.