I think the TSA is slowly getting the message from an increasingly angry traveling public. But the agency has a long flight ahead: It will have to overcome a well-earned reputation for being intransigent, invading the privacy and dignity of air travelers and general incompetence.
I don't know how it happened. Or even, really, what happened. Or what it means. Someone in the U.S. government who specializes in finding terrorists seems to have found me and laid a heavy hand on my bank account.
Children under 13 will not be routinely required to remove their shoes and will not be subjected to intrusive pat downs that touch private areas of their bodies.
Since 9/11, ignorance and misguided paranoia have combined to inspire senseless hate crimes all over America against people who wish only the same peace and safety all Americans desire.
We aren't actually contributing to more secure air travel--we're just participating in an endless game of Security Theater.
Being a professional flier (I haven't earned my wings yet, but I do have a lot of miles and a lot of great benefits on American Airlines) I've learned...
When Osama bin Laden was killed, I thought 'Wow. This is a big moment. The kind of moment that changes everything.' 'Maybe,' I thought, 'jus...
From the time the government began using full-body imaging four years ago, there have been strong protests that the technology invades personal privacy and is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.
I can't help noticing that a lot of the furor over airport pat-down policies has come from the crazy right. The same people will be the first to loudly denounce the Obama administration for any breach in airport security.
There is no joking at the security check point. ("Sir, you'll have to drink that up before you go further." "I'd prefer not to. This latte is actually a liquid explosive. If I drink it too fast, it will give me indigestion.")
Kelly and Justine both got "The Patdowns" at NY airports recently, with wildly different results. Kelly hates the TSA; Justine thinks they're hilarious. Do you have a Patdown story?
If road warriors are going to return to lace-up shoes, if little kids are going to leave their Velcro in place, and if our grandmothers are going to be able to pack one fewer pair of pumps, we need an airport screening system that identifies potential threats.
Until recently, I kept my mouth shut when I was patted down more times than most because I have a pacemaker and cannot go through the screening gates. But then I stumbled upon a great gap in our security.
Since the imposition of bag fees, airlines in the United States have earned more than $6 billion.
The case of Alaskan Airlines 241 reminds us that while tefillin are not a security threat, ignorance is. It's troubling when airline personnel have no idea how to distinguish between a genuine threat and an unusual practice.
Air travel in the United States isn't fun. Not only because of the many restrictions the TSA enforces, but because we American travelers haven't grown up yet. We're still kids struggling to come to terms with the new travel realities in a post-9/11 world.