Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Screening and Common Sense

Shouldn't we be pleased, rather than outraged, that some government officials are able to skip the TSA security procedures?

John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, whatever you think of them, are pretty obviously not likely to be plotting terrorist attacks on our nation's airlines. Isn't this kind of risk-assessment-based screening what we need more, not less, of?

Now, if only TSA could extend this logic to 3-year-olds and grandmothers . . . .

1 comment:

  1. The case for fondling Boehner and Pelosi is similar to the case for eliminating earmarks or the case for cutting Congressional perks. The effect of a cut in Congressional perks on the budget would be meaningless; the effect on the attitudes of members of Congress... I'm not convinced either way.

    I seem to remember that, after his first visit to Washington as Prime Minister, David Cameron took a commercial flight home. I think there are compelling security arguments against making this a habit, but to do it on occasion and by surprise could be a useful reminder of how the little people live. Well, relatively little -- the real little people don't take many trans-Atlantic flights.

    But if there is a good case for frisking Boehner and Pelosi, it's not for security reasons so much as to keep them at least somewhat attuned to how real people live.