The very people out there defending the TSA’s assault on our bodies and our liberties are exempt from the humiliation. “Naked scanning and groping for thee, but not for me” is their attitude. Michelle Malkin calls it the “no-grope list” of the lucky few whose junk is off limits to the angry TSA agents.
Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
The heightened new security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which involve either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush.
While passengers have no choice but to submit to either the detector or what some complain is an intrusive pat-down, some senior government officials can opt out if they fly accompanied by government security guards approved by the TSA.
I say each and every one of them should be subjected to these invasive security measures on a daily basis. It’s only fair, and aren’t they all about fairness?
Update: One of us “little people” found a way out of getting scanned or patted. Good advice if you have the time. I nearly choked when I read this line:
“Would you touch my balls?”
“I don’t want to touch your – genital region, but my hand might brush against it.”