The piling up of anger at the TSA continues and more people with access to media are being hit. The Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg describes a crotch issue involving his elderly mother-in-law and Henry Kissinger got the ‘full Monty’ pat down, even though he was in a wheelchair.
Meanwhile we had an 18-month old infant being ordered off a plane, a nursing mother was forced to use her breast pump because for some reason the empty bottles were seen as a threat, and a young woman had her insulin pump broken because the officials would not take into account a doctor’s note that recommended that she not go through the scanner.
While regularly chronicling all the TSA abuses, I should in fairness say that I personally have been treated politely and well by TSA agents whenever I flew. Last month I had to go through the full body scanner and the image showed something on both ankles and near my hip pocket. The TSA agent merely patted my ankles and gave the slightest tap on my pocket.
I think the TSA people who act badly are the minority. But the problem is that when you give large numbers of people unchecked power over people, there will undoubtedly be abuses by a fraction who enjoy exercising it in arbitrary ways. The people who do such things are the same people who are usually jerks in other areas of life, bullying and intimidating those over whom they have petty power.
What they now have is official cover for their actions.