Just kidding! It was an 8-year-old boy from Oregon, who, while flying with his family to Disneyland, got the chance to do the terrorist shuffle with a TSA agent at the Portland International Airport.
There’s isn’t much else to say at this point, except to point out the obvious that the TSA agents can’t enjoy this absurd security theater of having to dutifully inspect young kids (we’ll take this opportunity to remind you of the six-year-old girl who received a terror patdown earlier this week). So why haven’t they complained about reforming airport security to make it not only secure but slightly dignified for travelers?
Proponents of these tactics will always fall back on “Well, what happens if a kid carry’s a bomb?” To which, yes there is that possibility. There’s also the possibility of winning the lottery or an asteroid slamming into the earth or getting hit by a car while crossing the street. Somethings just happen no matter how much you try to avoid them. It’s the laws of nature.
But you can sort of just look and tell if a young kid has explosives hiding underneath their shirt? There’s really no reason to stick your hands in their waistbands or grope them more than a usual pat down.
Unfortunately, the fear here is not that necessary security reforms are going to be implemented, but that, like some local police departments, the use of cameras and video recorders will be banned from security checkpoints to prevent stories like this and the outrage they produce.
And that will be the wrong response.