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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 19, 2010 / 12 Kislev, 5771

Stripping for a full travel experience

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Getting there is half the fun," and now the feds are teaching the Cunard steamship folks, who coined that memorable travel slogan, a thing or two. The feds are trying to make the departure the highlight of a trip through "the friendly skies."

The exploding controversy over strip-searching departing airline passengers threatens to overwhelm the agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and delay Thanksgiving-week air travel. So loud is the noise that Florida's Orlando Sanford International Airport in the hometown of Mickey Mouse is dropping out of the federal system and will hire a private security firm to screen passengers.

"All of our due diligence shows it's the way to go," says the director of the Sanford Airport Authority. The five private screening firms approved by the TSA must still screen by TSA guidelines and use the full-body scanners and gropings that have stirred such a fuss. More grief may be on the way for the feds. Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican, will become chairman of the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in January, and he says the TSA "is overstepping its bounds."

The growing rage against the indignities of air travel is not restricted to the American homeland. Passengers aboard a flight by Ryanair, a popular no-frills Irish airline, refused to get off the plane in France one night this week when fog forced the pilot to land in Belgium instead of France. The passengers, returning from a holiday in Morocco, demanded to be flown to Paris, and when they wouldn't get off the plane, the crew turned out the lights and locked the doors to the toilets, giving "no frills" extra meaning. Four hours later, after frantic negotiations between cops and passengers, the passengers finally agreed to take chartered buses to Paris. "This is clearly a case of unreasonable behavior by a minority of passengers," a Ryanair spokesman said.

So it seems, but airline passengers, for so long abused by airlines and treated as criminal suspects by the government, are at last saying enough is more than enough, and everybody wants to join the din. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is "wildly excited" about the new full-body scanners because now she won't have to endure "a dose of love pats" and the intimate hand searches. Sen. George LeMieux of Florida says he wouldn't want his wife "to go through these pat-downs" and suggests that the TSA learn from the Israelis, who rarely resort to exploring passenger genitalia and rely on profiling, politically incorrect or not. Israeli security, in the face of extreme Islamist provocation, is only the best in the world.

The full-body scanners reveal everything, though the TSA says it's impossible to put a face on the picture. Nevertheless, Miami cops were called to quell a fight between a screener and his colleagues after he submitted to a screening in a training session and, according to a police incident report, became the butt of jokes when the machine "revealed that [he] had a small penis." The pat-downs, sometimes including a hand inside a passenger's panties or briefs, are even more invasive. The TSA insists that such searches are necessary to foil underwear bombers. Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security and overseer of the TSA, says she has submitted to both exams and didn't particularly mind; John Pistole, director of the TSA, submitted to a pat-down and found it "more invasive than I was used to."

Just as Bill Clinton left as his legacy making 7-year-olds part of the conversation about the mechanics of oral sex, so Barack Obama's administration will leave a legacy of making body cavities transparent. In its never-ending search for vexations to inflict on airline travelers, the TSA could next include prostate and breast exams as part of "the full travel experience." They're getting close now. No doubt not all passengers would object.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist, or even a wheelbarrow technician, to see and understand what is driving passenger rage. Most Americans cheerfully submit to inconvenience and even indignity if persuaded it's necessary. But the Obama administration goes out of its way to excuse the real villains, calling terrorist outrages merely "man-caused disasters," when everybody else notices that terrorists invariably are named Muhammad or al-something or other. The government responds to each act of savagery by avoiding the obvious and adding another layer of inconvenience and indignity on the innocent.

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