Time To Shut Down The TSA

four year old flier

Private security, working for the airlines, would cost less, do a better job, and would fire mouth-breathing moronic thugs who did this:

Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through security

Ms Brademeyer and her two children had passed through security when the grandmother was detained after triggering an alarm on the scanners.

Isabella then, according to her mother, ‘excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do. They made very brief contact, no longer than a few seconds.’

The young girl was immediately detained by security agents, who apparently shouted at her that she would have to be frisked too, and refused to let her mother explain what has happening. Ms Brademeyer wrote: ‘It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.’

Yeah, the Granny from Montana is part of an Al Qaeda plot to sneak armed 4 year olds onto planes so the kids can shoot it out with the sky marshals. Obviously this makes no sense—particularly to a child.

In her terror, Isabella tried to run away rather than face a full body pat-down, which unsurprisingly enraged the TSA officers further.  One officer even told the girl’s mother that the airport would have to be shut down and every flight cancelled if the four-year-old did not co-operate.  They also apparently described the little girl as a ‘high security threat’.

As Isabella was taken into a side room for a pat-down, accompanied by her mother, she could not stop crying and refused to let the agents touch her…

‘When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, "The suspect is not cooperating."

And that’s the problem right there. To the poorly-trained government hacks of the TSA we’re ALL “suspects,” even the crying, terrified four-year-old child.  Any normal (not to mention “competent”) person would have assessed the situation, apologized to the family and sent them on their way.

These government goons STILL refuse to apologize.

Fire them all. Make Americans happy—and deal a blow to the terrorists—by ending this farce that every midwestern grandma is a terror suspect. Give the airlines six months to develop their own private security, and announce that the TSA terrorism will be over by Christmas.

The first politician to promise that will win the “frequent flier” vote in a landslide.

PS—If you think the story was stupid up to this point, check out what happened when the family made their connecting flight:

But their nightmare was not yet over, as on a connecting flight in Denver, an airport employee demanded to know which of the family was Isabella – and ‘looked really confused’ when the girl was pointed out to her.

The TSA: Still stupid six states away.

 

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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