Thursday, April 14, 2011

Little Everyday Terrors

Should we be outraged about a six-year-old girl getting a pat down at a TSA checkpoint?  Here's the video.

The "cute little girl" (so-described by some blogger in the course of oh-so-subtly setting up a victimization rant ... though we think she looks somewhat dangerous) recently raised concern while passing through an enhanced imaging device at a TSA checkpoint in New Orleans.  She was called aside for the white glove treatment.

Since the only other important news this week is Joe Biden sleeping through a budget meeting and the president of Czechoslovakia stealing pens, the video of a little girl being checked for contraband is all the rage.

A spokesperson for the Louisiana ACLU has breathlessly opined that clearly, the little girl didn't want a pat down.  But who wants a pat down?  That guy standing over there in the Bermuda shorts, maybe, but America's Next Suicide Airline Bomber probably doesn't want one, especially  if not wanting one is acceptable logic for not getting one.

In response to the above video, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, promises to introduce legislation that requires "parental supervision" during such pat downs. Shucks, Jason.  The parents were right there.  They took video.  Does the word "supervise" so boldly empower the poor chumps who sent you to Washington as to warrant a press release, let alone legislation?

The little girl, who appears in the video to be at worst bewildered and at best waiting to see if a clown with balloons comes next is purported to have burst into tears after the experience.

Some little girls burst into tears over dropped ice cream cones and snapped Silly Bandz. But assuming our cute little girl was indeed so-traumatized, a little proactive parenting might have worked wonders here. 

"Sweetheart?  We're traveling by airplane today.  A stranger might touch you, but it's not going to be bad touching like in the videos they show you at school."

(Sweetheart?  After the airplane ride we're getting a cab ride from a man who looks like one of those bad men in the videos they show you at school.  But we're going pay him so he'll let us go, and right in front of our hotel!).

We like Derrionne Pollard's wisdom, filmed by a CNN crew as she hustled her yet-untraumatized young son through a TSA screening point:

"That took what?  All of 20 seconds to get done?  Suck it up.  It's a part of travel right now." 



  1. You are an idiot. Let's just let 'em do it, go as far as they want is your position?

    Do you even know that the TSA can keep the parents out of view when searching a child?

    I didn't *think* so.


  2. You had me at "You are an idiot." It only got better when you asked and then answered your own questions to establish said idiocy. Strong finish that supports your thesis statement.

    Who says the internet is full of idiots?