Yesterday we wrote about the loss of dignity and privacy in the wake of the September 11th 2001 attacks. Well…
(From The Weekly Standard)
After going through a metal detector in the TSA-Pre security line, I was randomly selected to see if a machine would detect explosives on my hands. My palms were swabbed and the machine detected explosives, even though I had not recently handled a gun, flammable liquids, or any sort of explosives. Another airline passenger told me the same machine had detected explosives on the hands of another passenger who had gone through the line minutes before I did.
So what precisely does the “enhanced” pat-down seem to entail, you ask?
Well, since you asked, the agent runs his hand inside a passenger’s waistband and also runs his hand up the back of each leg until he “meets resistance” and then does the same from the front of each leg. And then the TSA agent swipes the front of his hands 3 or 4 times right over the zipper area of one’s Gap Outlet comfort-stretch khakis. That last part was the most unpleasant.
For what it’s worth, this isn’t the story of an agent who didn’t know how to do a pat-down. The agent described exactly what he was going to do before he did it and seemed to be simply carrying out the government’s policy.
It’s funny. The writer for the neoconservative Weekly Standard explains that he’s no “crazy ACLU type.” He was fine with the TSA screenings before. But now, maybe things are just a bit too invasive he says.
But that’s the way it works Mr. McCormack. Concede a little liberty and soon the state will try to take more. This is the nature of the state. It always wants more. (Why this is we are not exactly sure.) And as long as people tolerate it the state will take and take. God only knows what the TSA will be doing in 15 years.