A strip search on these ladies is deplorable and indefensible. I suspect however that the search was probably a thorough pat down. A thorough pat down to women of my generation could be interpreted by them as a “strip search”. It is a shame that the TSA even has to do the pat down, but the women had transplants which would set off alarms.
Why put these innocent ladies through such an ordeal? Why not concentrate on those who fit the profile of a terrorist? What is the profile? Terrorists are getting smarter, they are not above planting a bomb on an unsuspecting perhaps dementia challenged senior in order to cause the destruction they desire.
When we hear stories of innocent people going through embarrassing searches by the TSA, we should not be angry with the TSA, we should be angry with the violent religious fanatical terrorist pieces of crap that force us to take these precautions.
The press is quick to make a story about the TSA picking unnecessarily on little old ladies while not putting bearded one eye-browed crazy-eyed Koran carrying men through the same inspection.
The same press would shout incessantly about “Profiling” if Muslims were treated any differently from others, and the TSA would be forever crucified if an elderly woman was duped into blowing up a plane.
The 911 attacks changed the way we travel forever; stop whining about it and getting angry at the TSA. Place the anger on those who force us into these indignities.
I know of a woman who battled with an agent about taking her flip flops off before boarding a plane. Is the need to run flip flops through an x-ray machine ridiculous? Yes, until it isn’t. Everyone has to go through these inspections for crap sake, just shut the F*** up and take off the flip flops like the rest of the world.
Unrelated to TSA inspections, Alec Baldwin is too special to have to turn off his electronic toys on an airplane. Are these electronics really capable of upsetting the pilot’s instruments? Probably not, but just in case, Alec, turn off the phone you uppity snobby fucking asshole! EVERYONE ELSE DOES!! If I’m on your plane I’d rather not take the miniscule chance that your playing a FREAKING GAME on the phone might FUCKING KILL ME!! Just suck it up people. We really do not have time to explain every airplane rule to every “SPECIAL” person.
Take off your shoes, put your shit in that basket, submit to the wand or a pat down, and don’t expect agents to be nice, their job is to make you nervous if you have something to hide. Turn off your phone, put your seat up, fasten your belt, don’t smoke, listen to the flight attendants, don’t shit on the food tray (oh yes, it happened). Just obey a few rules for a few hours and when you arrive at your destination you can go back to being the asshole that you are!