I guess to older, more experienced travelers, the TSA is a relatively new invention. But for those my age, we can only remember flying in the post-9/11 hypersensitive security world.
The TSA was in the news last week with Homeland Security officials on the defensive over criticisms that security has become too invasive. A recent video of a three-year-old girl being searched by a TSA agent also raises some questions. In the video the girl is kicking and crying, yelling at the agent not to touch her.
I dont know if three-year-olds have the mental capacity to embrace martyrdom or terrorism, but either way I feel we can spare kids a groping and still keep airplanes safe.
Ever since 9/11 we have been subject to ever tightening security. It started with us taking our shoes off, then we couldn’t bring drinks or large toothpaste bottles through. Now we have the full-body scanner, which cuts straight through to our junk.
This is yet another cultural difference my generation has compared to our predecessors. We have always dealt with the TSA. The boomers only recently had to deal with the agency. I would be interested to know the perspective of an older traveler. This is all I have ever known; what are the differences between now and 15 years ago?
Airport security has an important place in today’s world. Terrorist or not, I would rather not sit next to a guy packing a Bowie knife. It’s when the TSA decides the need to pat down small children that I take issue.