Let's Face it, TSA Guidelines a joke

Mike Gallagher

11/15/2006 6:36:04 AM - Mike Gallagher

A weird set of circumstances had me going through 5 different airport security checkpoints over 3 or 4 days this week.  What a nightmare.  Frequent fliers are slowly but surely getting disgusted with the security screening procedures.  Shoes off, ziploc bags, 3 ounces of liquid, no gels, but some gels...c'mon, let's face it:  the TSA guidelines are a total joke.  For instance, for 4 of the 5 trips through security hell, my Mennen Speed Stick deodorant was absolutely fine in my carry-on.  I just sailed through.  During one screening, in Tampa's airport, I suddenly because Abdul the Terrible.  You'd have thought I had robbed a bank because I didn't have the offending 3 ounce anti-perspirant in a ziploc bag.  Since it was in a shaving kit, not a plastic baggie, it was confiscated as if it were crack cocaine.  The TSA screener calmly explained to me that the speed stick really isn't a stick, it's a gel that is CALLED a stick and needed to be in the ever-wonderful ziploc baggie.  No baggie, in the trash.  Wonderful.   Meantime, we continue to refuse to implement measures that include profiling passengers because we're so terrified of what the ACLU might say.

Anna Quindlen of Newsweek happened to have a terrific article on the problem this week in Newsweek http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15562940/site/newsweek/  

She's right.  Let's wake up and stop spending billions strip-searching little old ladies in our nation's airports.  Enough is enough.