Another great effort by the TSA

This time they patted down a three-year-old in a body-cast at O’Hare. The child’s parents were not allowed to comfort him while this happened.

Thank God for the meaninglessly-uniformed, under-trained, fearless protectors of our safety.

(Via Boing Boing)

TSA is f*cking serious

So the Texas legislature is considering a bill to outlaw the overly intrusive TSA pat-downs/x-ray machines, etc. U.S. Attorney John Murphy is threatening to shut down air travel in Texas if it passes.

If HR 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute. Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

It appears that the legislature has pulled the bill.

(via Jonathan Turley)

Political quote of the day

I didn’t really expect her to touch my vagina through my pants.

Kaya McLaren, an elementary schoolteacher from Cle Elum, Wash., who was patted down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport last Saturday because the body scanner detected a tissue and a hair band in her pocket.