Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Keeping America Safe, One Nipple Ring at a Time

There is no problem that can't be made worse by having the government fix it.
Transportation Security Administration agents provide
typical government service to air travelers

Like most government-run agencies, the Transportation Security Administration has it bass-ackwards: long on providing "administration"; short on providing "security".

A Texas woman who was forced to remove a nipple ring with a pair of pliers in order to board an airplane last week in Los Angeles, demonstrating the TSA's commitment to keeping America's skies safe from breast piercing jewelry.

Mandi Hamlin called Thursday for an apology by federal security agents and a civil-rights investigation.

"I wouldn't wish this experience upon anyone," Hamlin said.
Hamlin, 37, said she was trying to board a flight from Lubbock to Dallas on Feb. 24 when she was scanned by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent after passing through a larger metal detector without problems.

The female TSA agent used a handheld detector that beeped when it passed in front of Hamlin's chest, the Dallas-area resident said.

What's the one thing the Transportation Security Administration does seem to do well?

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