I recently traveled to Yellowstone National Park to shoot (with a camera) wildlife with Chas Glatzer. I have been pretty heavy into photography for a while now, shooting mostly landscapes and street. My uncle who has been an avid photographer for going on forty plus years now, has always been into wildlife photography. With his encouragement (and funding) I began attending these photography trips that Chas hosts all over the world.
Unfortunately, in order to travel the world efficiently, airports are unavoidable. Meaning if you are a white male, prepare to be harassed and/or violated.
Of course we all know how absurd TSA is. One of those progressive, three letter acronym entities in which we, the American people, cannot vote officials in or out.
Don’t worry though, they have your best interest at heart…
As Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
There is a whole lot of bad to discuss when it comes to the TSA, but let’s assume they really do have our best interests at heart, and that the violation of privacy is necessary.
Let’s ignore for the moment the countless cases of theft that take place every year.
Let’s ignore the flights missed due to false alarms.
Let’s ignore the inconveniences caused when you arrive at your destination, only to find out that your luggage has been lost and you do not have even the most basic of toiletries in your bag, due to federal regulation.
Let’s agree that profiling is in fact wrong and ignore that fact that it saves lives every single day.
Let’s just look at one of their tactics, perhaps the most illogical, if in fact their motives are true.
Take a look at this definition of random.
Chosen without method or conscious decision…
That just screams security now doesn’t it?
They believe that by randomly stopping random people, that they will somehow prevent terrorist attacks?
Do they think that this is going to discourage the terrorist acts? Because this is the only way I could ever see this method working effectively, as a scare tactic.
Unfortunately, I hate to be the one to have to say this, scare tactics don’t really work on suicide bombers!
Nor do they work on any radical willing to die for their cause.
On a good day, in an effort to ensure safety, they instead have created a stressful, aggravating, unconstitutional environment, in which they can rob you, touch you, look at you naked, search everything you have with you, and unreasonably question you for no rhyme or reason.
But wait there’s more!
Once again, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, and agree that they are in fact correct, that their methods are necessary and justified.
Why then, do airlines get to grant certain people exclusion from TSA checkpoints?
Inconsistent as always.
The fact of the matter is, they are inefficient in preventing dangerous items from making it on to the plane. I personally I have brought on razer blades (like the boxcutter kind) and full water bottles on to planes without any issue at all (for the record, both incidents occurred accidentally, I have no desire to spend the day with TSA’s gloved hand up my ass, I live in communist California the whole reason I go on vacation is to give my sphincter a break).
Airlines know that the TSA is ineffective, but they don’t care. As long as the federal government is in charge of overseeing airplane security, they will never be liable for deaths caused by the occasional, crafty, bad guy.
So there you have it, and airport rant.
…and its all thanks to you damn lawyers!