It’s amazing what can enter popular culture. And how quickly.
Now, because of a widely-perceived image as voyeurs (at the very least) and molesters, staff of the US Transport Safety Authority TSA are copping quite a bit of flack. Their heavy-handedness (pun) with ‘pat down’ searches of all sorts of citizens — kids, paraplegics, nuns, young white anglo saxon students — actions which sparked first revulsion, anger, and now mockery.
This pretty damn sharp satirical attack from Buck Howdy is a good example of personalising the message…. (‘I’ve got no life except my job’):
Video below the fold
The TSA staff are, of course, merely the messengers, tools of The System. But this level of opprobrium will unsettle them.
My view: instead of blanket searching, and the ghastly choice (porno scanner or grope search) security should be focussed on profiling with spot checks. As someone said of the Israeli airport security: ‘The US looks for bombs. Israel looks for terrorists.’
But this, from the video, is a bit tough: