Hard as it is to believe that people still don’t know what the TSA is doing in this country (“as long as nothing happens to me, it’s all okay!”), I’m always glad to meet a new convert. Even if it means that in order to be converted, that person has to be mistreated him- or herself. Unfortunately, that seems to be the way the world works. As the saying by Livy goes, “Eventus stultorum magister est” — “Fools must be taught by experience.”
Today brings a story at CNN “iReport” from a woman who either hasn’t been flying for the past few years or who hasn’t been paying attention. Regardless, she was bullied by the blue-shirted crusaders at the checkpoint. Unlike Stacey Armato or Peter Greenberg’s editor, this woman’s ordeal didn’t involve breast milk or pouches of baby food; it involved infant formula. She was still punished. Because . . .
Well, just because. Because the TSA can punish at whim.
The woman calls herself “Hannah86.” (Please ignore all the nonsense about carry-on and checked luggage, which she calls a “baggage crisis.” If you have to travel with so much stuff, people, don’t blame the airlines for charging fees. Bring less stuff.) You’ll note that even though Hannah diligently studied the TSA’s own rules about carrying baby formula, the TSA ignored those rules, as they often do.
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