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Whereby I point out the idiocy of TSA "policy"

posted Feb 28, 2011, 6:36 AM by Lewis Baumstark   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 5:21 AM ]
My better half and I took a little trip this weekend, the first time I've flown since the latest round of draconian knee-jerk "security" measures have been implemented at the airport.  Hartsfield-Jackson airport (ATL) already has the peepshow backscatter x-ray machines and we ended up having to go through.  "Stand on the yellow footprints and raise your arms".  (Like you're being arrested.)

As I walk out of the machine, I saw the cartoon-y video screen that shows problem areas that the scan found.  It showed a yellow square in the general area of my belly-button.  Not a good sign.  Turned out I forgot to remove my belt, no biggie.  The yellow square was where it picked up my belt buckle.

Now, in a rational world, I'd have removed my belt and gone back through the machine, clean scan, thank you sir, move along.  This being the TSA, however, I was subjected to a hands-on examination of my waist-line, presumably a lesser version of the much-hated "enhanced pat-down."

I can vouch that the examining agent did his job professionally and seemingly by-the-book.  My beef is with the book.

Update: A friend pointed me to a twitter post summarizing his own TSA experience.  I LOL'd, then ROFL'd, the LOL'd some more.