The TSA itself said there were no actual active threats in the years following 9/11. However if there were the TSA wouldn’t likely be able to stop them since they miss most of the contraband going through checkpoints.
Nonetheless because of our fears – even our imagined ones – we’ve given up our freedom to travel. We have to carry papers with us and show them to authorities on demand. We go through invasive screening. And it’s all become so normal we don’t even question it. What was it Hannah Arendt said about the banality of evil?
Sometimes though something happens that seems so at odds with common sense that we wake up for a moment and question it.
Thirty seven year old Brian Kolfage was flying out of the Tucson airport on Saturday and was filmed receiving this pat down from TSA. He is a triple amputee with a purple heart who lost both of his legs and one of his arms in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2004.
Of course some readers won’t have sympathy for him because he raised $20 million in a GoFundme campaign towards building a wall on the US southern border — a wall that lacks Congressional support and would cost perhaps 1000 times that much to build and maintain, despite most people in the U.S. illegally entering legally and most drugs coming through U.S. ports. Politics notwithstanding though should any of us really be going through this to do something as mundane as travel? Should a purple heart soldier?