Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A few thoughts on the TSA

A transportation security officer at BWI Airport in the new uniform  Photo by Benet Wilson
I don't think there is anyone complaining about individual TSA agents. They are doing their job, as they are told. It has to make them upset when they are the targets of people's anger.

It might be having some severe adverse effects on some workers.

Latex gloves
Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security of passengers – only the TSA agents.
That's the word being discussed on dozens of online forums and postings after it was noted that the agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions.
"Herpes via latex glove ... ewwww," wrote one participant on the independence-minded AR15 website forum.
There are roughly as many deaths in cars per day as there are in planes each year. If  people start driving instead of flying will it lead to greater car fatalities? 
Just how many terrorists have been caught under the new TSA techniques?  How many former Vice-Presidents (him too) of the United States had to take off their shoes? How many grannies were subjected to these pat downs? How much time and money is wasted just for show?