TSA To Require Parental Consent For Patdown?

TSA To Require Parental Consent For Patdown? Image

By now we’ve all seen the video of the little six year old girl who TSA felt was so ‘uber-dangerous’ they spent an inordinate amount of time patting her down, putting their hands around the waistband of her pants twice and even alluding to the fact that she might be tested for drugs.  It was clearly over the top and just shows how much we have abandoned our sense…the lowest forms of common sense…in the name of political correctness.

This video, among other recent ones of children being searched, while other possibly dangerous people walked right through security, is once again opening up the conversation about TSA.  Via the Daily Caller:

A new bill would require Transportation Security Administration agents to obtain parental permission before performing new invasive pat-down techniques on children at airports.

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, unveiled the legislation last week.

“If you’re going to do a pat-down — which I’ve got a serious problem with in the first place — then you’re going to have to have parental consent and that parent has to be there,” Chaffetz, a longtime critic of TSA, said during an MSNBC interview Monday.

While I agree with Chaffetz on the premise of the bill, it still leaves one wondering where someone left our common sense.  Because, if someone really had something to hide, why would they give their parental consent to search their child?  And if they say no, will they get to fly?  Of course not.  So, what’s the point?
Janet Napolitano responded to the controversy saying this:

“With the unrelenting threat of terrorism, we must constantly evaluate the security of our country and close off loopholes before they emerge. There are people in this world who would stop at nothing to undermine our great nation, to destroy our way of life, and steal our freedom. That is why we must act now. Every child that is waved through security by virtue of their age is a walking vehicle for the diabolical devices of our enemy. We must do what we can to close this loophole before it gets exploited.”

Others are raising the point that until a bomb is actually found on a child or a grandmother, why are we wasting our resources and time focused on children, instead of profiling exactly what has consistently been the threat against our country?

On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Napolitano described the rationale behind such screening – saying everyone must be screened, because otherwise an exempted group could be exploited for a potential terrorist attack.

“Nobody likes to see those kinds of things […] even though it was done professionally according to the protocols,” she said. “But, what TSA is doing is reexamining those protocols all the time. It’s all in relation to threat – what is the threat? And one of the things we do see is if you categorically remove a group from any type of screening, well those who seek to do us harm will then exploit that group. So you have to be very careful on how you do it.”

Why are we constantly running on defense instead of working on offense?  And, more importantly, why are we abandoning common sense for political correctness that could end up killing more Americans?  Why aren’t we looking to Israel for the kind of security that has provided them a 100% success rate?  I wrote on El Al Security awhile back and after much research and personal experience having visited the Middle East and Israel on multiple occasions, I am convinced that we have a lot to learn.

They aren’t afraid to profile- a little thing as a hurt feeling doesn‘t faze them.  They understand that they are a constant target and that, given the slightest opportunity and chance, a terrorist would blow them up in a heartbeat.  They know their enemy.  They understand their enemy.  And that is who they look for.  These people aren’t the local Walmart greeters– they are trained professionals who put your feelings second and your safety first and they do it all without fondling you…unless they detect that you pose a threat.

It’s not hard to see why America is the laughingstock of the country right now.  Our security measures are a joke- coming about as a result and effort for political correctness instead of real safety and namby pansy politicians who are more concerned with feelings than our real safety.

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

  • Moose

    Laughing stock of the country? Nice.