Here Come New TSA Restrictions, Yet, They Still Miss The #1 Stopper Of Airline Terrorism

Aren’t you thrilled?

In the wake of the terrorism attempt Friday on a Northwest Airlines flight, federal officials on Saturday imposed new restrictions on travelers that could lengthen lines at airports and limit the ability of international passengers to move about an airplane.

The government was vague about the steps it was taking, saying that it wanted the security experience to be “unpredictable” and that passengers would not find the same measures at every airport – a prospect that may upset airlines and travelers alike.

One thing that seems to be unpredictable is the level the metal detectors are set at. Personally, I fly about twice a year, and, I have a stainless steel rod in my leg. Sometimes the detectors go off, and I have to tell the security folks to wand my right leg. Sometimes, not. I walked through once with a lighter in my pocket. Another, metal sunglasses hanging from sweater failed to set the machine off. Makes one wonder what good they do.

But several airlines released detailed information about the restrictions, saying that passengers on international flights coming to the United States will apparently have to remain in their seats for the last hour of a flight without any personal items on their laps. It was not clear how often the rule would affect domestic flights.

Overseas passengers will be restricted to only one carry-on item, and domestic passengers will probably face longer security lines. That was already the case in some airports Saturday, in the United States and overseas.

Yup! That should do it! Great plan. Air Canada and British Airways have announced the above steps.

On its Web site, American Airlines said the T.S.A. had ordered new measures for flights departing from foreign locations to the United States, including mandatory screening of all passengers at airport gates during the boarding process. All carry-on items would be screened at security checkpoints and again at boarding, the airline said. It urged passengers to leave extra time for screening and boarding.

This is a classic case of over-reaction, and we can’t blame the TSA fully for this, even if they were the ones making these recommendations. Re-screening at the gate? Of all passengers? James Joyner calls his post “TSA Making Flying More Miserable.” Not to quibble, but, is it really the TSA, or something else, something known as Liberalism and Political Correctness?

What is the best way to defeat Muslim terrorism, and, yes, Libs, it was Muslim terrorism, on airlines? A very simple word, Profiling. If the people who are going to do funny things on flights tend to be swarthy, Middle Eastern men and men from Muslim countries with Muslim names, then airport security should give them a tougher screening. I’m sorry, Libs, that this may inconvenience them and cause them some embarrassment, however, perhaps Muslims as a whole could stand up and denounce the violence done in the name of their religion. Granny Mable from Wichita with her massive bra with lots of wires is not a threat (except when she smothers you with hugs and the wires poke you in the eye.) A person who may fit the profile as a member of the religion of peace who may have a bomb on his person is a threat.

Liberals and morons in government want to be nice and make sure Muslims do not get mad at us. One would think the duty of the US government was to make sure its own citizens were safe, instead of putting them in harms way because they don’t want to offend Muslims. Offending Granny Mable with a strip search? They have no problem with that, though.

Meanwhile, Steve Marmel at The Huff Post says “Vacations Over, President Neophyte,” and, after mentioning that Barry hit the gym 15 minutes after being notified, then played golf, says this was not quite a My Pet Goat or birthday cake with McCain during hurricane Katrina moment. I agree. What Bush did was to continue interacting with other people, while the business of government continued. Obama went off to do things that benefited Obama.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove

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