Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nancy Kates Should Stop Complaining

A very long time ago - certainly pre-9/11, I beeped going through the Oakland airport security line despite having no metal on me. Or so I thought. On the secondary wanding, it was the metal hook-and-eye closure on my bra that had set off the beeping. Pretty sensitive equipment. The woman with the wand placed her hand on my back, felt the closure and let me go on my way. Short. Non-invasive. And I was out of there.

Not so for this entirely unreasonable woman, also at Oakland airport, who was "indignant" over her ordeal. Big-breasted women deserve special rules, it seems.

As with most of my least-favorite "this is what's wrong with America" articles about post-9/11 security matters, the beefs expressed miss the greater wrongs in favor of slapping at lower-paid TSA employees who really, truly, have heard it and seen it all before, so you may as well stop trying.

We all know - or at least think we know - that the safety measures implemented wouldn't have done boo to prevent 9/11. But really, get the fuck over it, y'all. Check out Nancy Kates, and the reporter's, final anecdote that I guess is supposed to highlight the foolishness of those bastards at OAK:

Kates said that although she flies about once a month, the only other time her bra has set off alarms in an airport was while she was being "wanded" in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When she explained to the security agent that the wand was picking up the metal in her bra, she said, that was the end of the matter and she was allowed to go on her way.
Right. So all the TSA screener needs is your word for it, right? After all, you're a red-blooded American and no one should suspect you of anything.

The screener was justified in confirming that the wire in Nancy Kates's bra was an underwire and not something else. The Fourth Amendment has nothing to do with it and I'll thank you to stop cheapening our Constitutional protections which are under truer attack from greater forces even as I type.

Can't believe this story warranted ink.

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