In A Few Good Men Lieutenant Sam Weinberg (played by Kevin Pollak) asks Demi Moore why she likes the marines they’re defending so much. She replies, ‘Cause they stand on a wall, and they say “Nothing’s gonna hurt you tonight. Not on my watch.”
In the film two marines were charged with the death of a fellow soldier after providing physical discipline, ultimately it comes out under the orders of superior officers. They were stationed at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba.
Now, the US has provided rather contentious security on new commercial flights to Cuba. And the TSA sees themselves as standing on that wall — although probably as the weasely Kiefer Sutherland character Second Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick.
Yet they do seem to forget, because the TSA has a 95% failure rate detecting dangerous items through the checkpoint, it was a 91% rate a decade ago, over 20,000 TSA employees have been accused of misconduct (about half of them multiple times), screeners have manipulated the process to fondle attractive passengers and don’t have a very good track record when responding to a crisis.
But the next time you show up at the airport and hand over your drivers license to the document checker, they may just be working on their best Jack Nicholson impression.
(HT: Scott G.)