At a recent post, he writes:
Open bottles, confiscated food, toddler pat downs. The TSA can make travel so much harder for parents. One mom was forced to pump her breasts in a public restroom to prove her empty containers were for milk. Another mom missed her flight because she was held for 90 minutes as her milk was screened.
(That latter incident involved Stacy Armato, who’s now suing the TSA. We’ve written about Armato several times, including here.)
The TSA dimwits wanted Greenberg’s editorial director to open pouches of babyfood that go bad unless consumed within 24 hours. She had four sealed pouches.
He spoke with his supervisor, returned and said that if we didn’t want to open the food, all three of us would have to undergo an enhanced screening: me, my husband, and our son.
I grumpily opened the food and then complained to the supervisor who said, “I understand your frustration but these are the rules” and handed me a photocopied customer service form.
After leaving the area, my husband turned to me and asked the million-dollar question:
“How would patting us down tell them what’s in the baby food?”
Again, it’s pretend security, designed to give you the impression that they’re doing something (never mind that it’s not something meaningful). And think about the sort of person who needs to turn to the TSA for a job. I might hire them if I needed somebody to mop my floors. I sure wouldn’t hire them as “security.”
Oh, and they recently terrorized a 6-year-old wearing shorts and a T-shirt whose shoes were removed, pulling her over and patting her down. As her grandmother, Ellen Keiser, wrote, “When does the madness stop?”
The answer is: Not until more than just a handful of us start demanding that our rights be respected instead of taken.
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