“Did you hear Muslims are going to be exempted from the new airport security procedures because it’s offensive to them?”
That’s what someone told my wife, a longtime flight attendant for a major airline. That someone was the pilot on her last trip. The pilot!
“Yeah, wait til you get in the car to drive home. It’ll be all over the radio. This story’s gonna blow up.”
The story is, of course, false. And the objective of the new security procedures is to keep us from getting blown up. As the headline to Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green‘s piece on Friday so succinctly put it: Better Patted Down Than Blown Up.
If that headline doesn’t work for you, Philadelphia-based columnist/radio host Michael Smerconish, who seems bi-political, does a nice job separating airport security fact from fiction in this column.
One curious byproduct of this controversy is the rush some otherwise proper media types are getting by using the word “junk” in its slang form. It seems to make them absolutely giddy. They leave me thinking that if a TSA agent “touches their junk,” it’ll be the most action they’ve had in a while.
I hope you get where you’re going this week. I also hope the few don’t ruin it for the many with their so-called “National Opt-Out Day.”
Flying isn’t a right. It’s a privilege. And please, be nice to your flight attendant.