I spotted this story at Hot Air. Now I am personally opposed to these pat downs unless the person is suspected of carrying drugs.
Here in Australia we have a series that covers border patrol which relates to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. I have seen stuff from all three countries. In the U.K. the agents are trained to look for certain signs, including nervousness and will give those people extra attention. Most of the time it pays off, and that includes finding people taking out too much money!! All three countries use sniffer dogs when doing the checks. All of them have a good record in netting drug dealers.
My point is that it is hardly likely that someone is going to tie a bomb to a 6 year old child. I have seen some of the weak excuses about why it is allegedly necessary and my rejoinder remains the same: the cases they bring up happened in Iraq (using a disabled child) or in some other country where the person who had the bomb in the first place was a Muslim.
Even Richard Reid the shoe bomber was a Muslim!! Almost every other case where there have been plots to blow up aircraft have been the plots of Muslims.
We all need a realistic approach to the problem. Patting down the general public does not cut it as far as I am concerned. It is something that can be done to people who are under reasonable suspicion of carrying drugs and the like but the rest of the general public should not have to go through the crap.
@@@ update@@@ well who would guess that Michelle Makin had a story that is directly linked to my own comments (but I had not seen her story first!!). I recommend the Michelle Malkin post because it deals with an issue that I raised concerning the training given to security people in airports around the world. It is interesting to point out that Østupid wants to throw more money at TSA Spot when they have failed to detect several potential jihadists, including those involved in the Mumbai massacre when they travelled overseas. Please read the whole thing.
CNN also has an interesting report that you can find here. It looks like the TSA does not bother with the SPOT indicators but instead applies extra treatment to passengers who express an opinion about the TSA. Charming. They are not doing their designated job but are instead terrifying potential passengers.