With TSA back in the news and not in a favorable light, I have to admit that I found the latest story of a South Florida woman giving it right back to TSA a bit humorous. I understand that with the post 9/11 life that was personally handed to us without our consent, there has to be some extra measures to keep us safe. What I refuse to believe is that the method of some TSA agents is absolutely necessary and that this woman’s response to her experience was not completely unasked for. Continue reading
December 22, 2001, Richard Colvin Reid, a self-admitted member of al-Qaeda, became known for attempting to blow up an aircraft by igniting explosives in his shoes.
As a result of this action, the US government implemented an airport security measure requiring all passengers to remove their shoes to go through the X-ray machines looking for any further explosives. Almost 10 years later and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Homeland Security is planning to phase out the program and once again allow passengers to leave their shoes on.
On December 28, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, attempted to blow up a NorthWest aircraft over Detroit when he lit his underwear (containing a poorly crafted bomb) on fire. Although Al Qaeda, who took credit for the attempted bombing, boasted their “ability to overcome U.S. intelligence and airport security”, why are we not required to take off our underwear to go through security?