TSA Is Finally Realizing Who the Safest Passengers Are

TSAThere are just so many questions about how the TSA determines what makes a traveler a national security threat. Like "Is there really anyone who thinks Mickey Mouse is going to throw himself through the glass of the 6-year-old's snowglobe and take a runner for the cockpit?" And "What exactly do you propose I do with the less than 3.4 ounces of aerosol paint that I am so graciously allowed to keep in my jacket pocket?" But thanks to a bill working its way through Congress, the Transportation Security Administration may finally be forced to answer the most asinine question of all.

Why are the members of the American military currently forced to go through screening to prove they aren't terrorists? Hello, McFly? These are the guys and gals who have government-issued weapons so they can actually KILL the terrorists! I think it's pretty safe to mark them on the "safe for take-off" list.

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I know that if I get on a plane, if I see a man or woman in uniform, I'm going to feel a little more secure -- not the other way around. I actually feel the same way when I'm in a particularly tense situation out in public and the cops show up. I know at least this is one of the good guys.

Don't you just love common sense?

It seems it's finally being put into play in Congress where the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of The Armed Forces Act is voting on a bill that would expedite the screening process not just for our brave men and women in uniform, but for their families as well. It will call for certain (ahem, common sense) safeguards like requiring said soldier/airman/etc. actually be in uniform at the time, etc.. Wow! A member of our troops on official orders would be treated like they actually swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign or domestic because, well, golly gee willikers, that's exactly what they did!

Here's hoping it passes. And then I'd like to hear from the TSA exactly why Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) had to draft this thing in the first place.

Do you think our military members should really have to prove they aren't a threat to national security in order to get on an airplane?

 

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