The TSA Redecorates — In Pink! (How To Have Your Rights And Your Genitals Violated In More Comfortable And Pleasing Surroundings)
It only seems like a post from The Onion. It’s actually a post on Fodors.com, by Seth Miller: “TSA to Design Calm, Stress-Free Checkpoints.”
Of course, the way you “design” these is by letting me go straight through from the door of the airport to my gate, without violating my right not to be searched without reasonable suspicion that I have committed a crime.
And frankly, the current prison-like setting of the TSA checkpoint and prison-like manner in which I am force to “spread ’em” and be groped by a matron in a prison guard costume are completely fitting.
Of course, gullible and apathetic Americans will probably cheer the redecoration and not see that it’s yet another push to make them increasingly docile when their rights are being taken from them.
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
Plush couches, wall art, and soothing ambient music are not what travelers typically think of when approaching the TSA screening checkpoints. For passengers at two airports, however, that’s exactly what they will find, thanks to a partnership between Marriott’s SpringHill Suites and SecurityPoint Media. The two have partnered up to transform the pre-screening waiting area and the post-screening recomposure area into relaxing, comfortable environments, hoping to lower the stress levels of travelers. The new checkpoint layouts are available today at the E18 checkpoint of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport and at the E checkpoint at Charlotte-Douglass International Airport . . . While waiting in line before screening passengers will no longer have TSA screeners barking information; the rules and reminders will be provided via recorded messages interspersed with ambient music. There will also be video displays showing TSA reminders, estimated wait times, and sponsor messages. Couches and tables comparable to a hotel lobby will greet those same customers as they exit the screening area; that should be much more comfortable than the metal benches (or nothing) commonly available.
Will getting groped (when there’s no suspicion that you’ve done anything beyond buying a ticket to visit your mom) and having the Constitution ignored in pink light make you feel better?
(Photo: your tax dollars)
(Cross-posted at Advice Goddess)