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TSA Never Needs to Apologize for Protecting Lives

TSA Never Needs to Apologize for Protecting Lives
Check in area at Minneapolis International Airport in Minneapolis, Minn. (Jeff Coleman/Dreamstime)

By Friday, 07 April 2017 03:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Let’s play a game, "What happens next?"

The scenario:

  • U.S. intelligence discovers terrorists turning laptops into bombs

  • Teenager doesn’t comply with TSA requirement to remove laptop

  • TSA agent says, "Because you look American, you’re entitled to tell me how I should do my job. Offended if I search your laptop? OK. I won’t. And despite you setting off a red flag, I won’t screen you either, since that very brief procedure would undoubtedly generate life-long trauma and exacerbate the 27 afflictions that everyone in your generation seems to have. Have a nice flight"

  • Bomb in laptop (or on teenager) explodes, raining fire on American soil

So — What happens next? (Multiple choice.) 

A. Market crashes by 5,000 points

B. Panic cripples America

C. Companies reduce air travel, leading to revenue loss and job cuts, and many businesses go under, especially airlines

D. America becomes a bigger police state, as more civil liberties are either usurped by the government or surrendered in the misguided belief that doing so will “make us safer"

E. The dazed entitled crowd is shocked. They want heads on a platter, and demand to know why they "weren’t protected"

F. All of the above

The answer is "F," all of the above. Farfetched? Think again.

Based on the viral uproar generated by a mother offended by a TSA pat-down of her teenage son, that’s where we’re headed. Hopefully the Trump administration’s TSA doesn’t cave to a vocal minority whose unwitting objective is to make the skies friendly to the very enemy seeking our destruction.

Let’s look at the situation. Some points to consider:

  • Jennifer Williamson and her teenage son, Aaron, were traveling from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Despite the omnipresent signs and instructions that laptops be placed in a separate container, Aaron left his laptop in his bag, setting off a red flag. It doesn’t matter if he deliberately disobeyed (very unlikely), or that he simply forgot (likely); the fact remains that his noncompliance set off an alarm that required a personal screening.

  • This is a no-brainer. There are still rules in America, the ones pertaining to flying being especially important. Accordingly, when one fails to comply, that triggers extra scrutiny. Some people may not like that, but they’re the rules.

  • Flying is not mandatory, so there’s a simple answer for those folks: take the bus to London. Despite what some believe, especially the narcissistic Millennials, you don’t get to pick and choose what rules you follow. To those who disagree, your Greyhound Bus awaits.

  • The pat-down took less than two minutes, but Ms. Williamson argued with the TSA for 45 minutes. A TSA supervisor and two airport police officers arrived, and the screening commenced — fully out in the open, which Ms. Williamson videoed and posted on social media.

  • The video shows the TSA’s pat-down was conducted professionally. Yet Ms. Williamson labeled it "hell,"  "horrifying," and "traumatizing." She said that they were "treated like dogs," with "utter disrespect," while clueless social media users (sorry for the redundancy) labeled the TSA agent a "child molester."

  • If the Williamsons had simply followed rules, the odds of being pulled out of line would have been close to nil. The TSA did its job. Period.

  • Ms. Williamson said her son has a condition making him extra sensitive to touch. Two points. 1.while Aaron undoubtedly has that condition, America has become a nation of wimps where far too many claim some type of affliction that, in their minds, entitles them to special treatment (look at how many needed "safe spaces" and days off to "process" the "trauma" of Donald Trump’s election). Because of that, it’s harder to help the ones with genuine needs. 2. The TSA has a special program successfully addressing many of those issues. But when people reject screening, they will, and should be, denied entry.

  • One bad guy getting through can kill hundreds in the plane, and thousands more on the ground. Just one American jetliner brought down can wipe out entire economies. Yet too many critics have somehow forgotten the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • What is the alternative? The TSA has an obligation to check everyone, including children, with no assumptions. Let’s not forget that boy next door Timothy McVeigh killed more Americans than any other attacker except the 9/11 hijackers. And suicidal terrorists use children to carry bombs. The TSA must perform its mission with the utmost diligence, since the stakes are sky-high.

First, profiling was criticized. Then the whiners slammed high-tech scanners as "offensive." And now, we shouldn’t be employing pat-downs? What’s next? TSA agents singing Kumbaya as the bad guys waltz in?

Enough with the chronic complainers and the viral outrage every time the TSA does its job. The plane truth is that flying isn’t all pie-in-the-sky.

Deal with it.

Otherwise, you can fly right back to the parking garage.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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