And now, like in every case of airport security before that, gradually culminating in our present circumstances, and with who-knows-what to come, we have to be subjected to a system of "security" that is all show and no go, that actually ends up making us progressively less and ever less safe. Because it is always reactive and it is always hamstrung by the most absurd political correctness. So, instead of keeping up-to-date no-fly lists and USING THEM, instead of screening prudently with added scrutiny for passengers from countries known to harbor terrorists, instead of screening prudently with added scrutiny for passengers whose actions, circumstances, or physical traits raise more suspicious flags than those of, say, a 60 year old asian woman; we are left with the current cluster-fuck of a "security" situation.
Now, oh miracle of inefficiency, the TSA must screen ALL of the passengers who pass through security checkpoints with the same amount of heavily increased security, increasing their workload and vastly increasing the chances that someone, the real one they are supposed to be looking for, is going to slip through no matter how many pubic hair inspecting machines or equivalent personnel in any given airport. Now, because of "profiling" restrictions, the TSA must truly randomly select people for inspections, so that it becomes just a matter of numbers and time before somebody gets through with something really bad while an agent is busy subjecting yet another 50-something yuppie WASP to a body cavity search without his having ever committed any sort of wrongdoing whatsoever, without even the typical probable cause that a law enforcement officer, up to now, has always been required to have.
Security is a fucking joke at airports. My own brother was a TSA agent for a few years, and he has told me first hand what a fucking joke it is. One of the primary reasons he quit was that he just could not work there any longer without feeling he was sacrificing his integrity in doing so, as it is nothing more than a dog-and-pony show.
Meanwhile, we are the proverbial frogs in the pot. For the past ten years, they've been turning up the heat, warmer and warmer. For those who've regularly used airports, particularly international airports, over the past ten years, think back on what security used to be like. How long did you have to wait? Do you remember in, say, the '90s even, ever, ever, ever having to make sure to show up at an airport two to three hours before your flight left just to catch your flight?
I certainly wish there was a lot MORE outrage at this bullshit. I hope the above article is the first of many, many, many more to come. Something needs to change, and it aint the addition of yet another fancy, invasive, borderline scandalous "security" device.