Thursday, June 30, 2011

TSA’s machine mentality: If you don't like it, don't fly [Most commented] - latimes.com

TSA’s machine mentality: If you don't like it, don't fly [Most commented] - latimes.com

The Transportation Security Administration's invasive pat-downs and daunting full-body scanners remove human judgment from airport security, Op-Ed columnist Jonah Goldberg argues Tuesday. One of the latest such lapses was when 95-year-old Jean Weber, dying of leukemia, was reportedly asked by a TSA agent to remove her adult diaper during a body search. Goldberg also cites the example of Drew Mandy, a 29-year-old mentally disabled man who was forced to throw away the 6-inch plastic toy hammer he had been carrying for the last 20 years.

Readers are likening the United States to a police state, blaming conservatives for getting us in this "hyper-secure" but terribly flawed mess. A few, however, are saying that those who don't want to deal with security should stay out of the air.

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