TSA: Get your hands off of our children
© 2012 Roy Benaroch, MD
Look, I get it. I realize we have to be vigilant, and that there are bad guys out there who hate us and want to blow up our planes. I’ve stood in line at the airport with my little baggie of miniature shampoo bottles, and I’ve experienced Very Personal Gropage from TSA agent Pat Matushie. I’ve been through the gizmo that irradiates by body and reveals my very own naked soul. All of this we’ve endured because, we’ve been told, it keeps us safe.
Now they’ve gone too far.
TSA goons—and once you’ve read the stories, you’ll agree that’s an appropriate term—are terrorizing children. A seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who uses crutches and braces to walk, had to be “fully inspected,” which apparently requires aggressive manhandling. A four-year-old girl, in hysterics, had to be physically patted down because she hugged her grandmother at the wrong time.
The TSA has defended their actions in both of the above cases, in part because they’ve found bazookas under the shirts of other preschoolers. Or so you’d think, given their reaction to having children—children!!—boarding aircraft. Why not just pick ‘em up and shake ‘em until their lunch money falls on the ground?
I have some advice for the TSA. Stop looking for weapons on children. Start looking for terrorists instead. Let me give you some hints to get started: terrorists are not little girls in crutches, and they’re not kids traveling with their grandmas. A little common sense, please. And get your hands off of our children.