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|2 Hours in La Guardia, and What I Saw There|
|Written by A Passerby|
|Monday, 06 December 2010|
Special Report: An unassuming and anonymous student from Stern College recounts her experiences while traveling through our nation's airports.
November 24th, Thanksgiving eve, is one of the busiest travel days of the year. As a result, it is only natural for airports to be crowded; long lines are to be expected, but not to the extent that was seen. Thanks for the high security standards, TSA! The new TSA security guidelines are so invasive that over 60% of so-called Americans have outwardly opposed them.
In unison, activists decided to make Wednesday November 24 National Opt-Out Day—a day in which they opt out of being violated physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually by TSA workers. National Opt-Out Day brought a whole 26 protesters to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the largest airports in the US, to say what was on the mind of all Americans: “Don’t touch my junk.”
In La Guardia, many smaller and more private protests were made. An unassuming American soldier, Lance Corporal Scott, was subject to a full body pat down because his uniform did not look authentic and the bagginess left TSA workers feeling uneasy. Very perceptive. After insisting that he just wanted to see his family for the holidays during his 20-day leave, he was escorted away by a vivacious 20-something-year-old female worker for further questioning. Yup, he’s definitely the real threat.
Being as adept in their field as they are, the TSA managed to single out the most threatening passenger on line, a Stern girl decked out in furry boots, jeans skirt, and a classic American Apparel sweatshirt, and asked her to remove her shirt. She shuffled nervously; six months post seminary and already throwing tzniut out the window? Never! After suggesting that the “shirtless question” only be addressed if the metal detector beeped, our callow Stern girl was assertively informed by a male TSA worker to obey his authoritative command or else the government would subject her to a potentially invasive pat down. She was forced to chose: shomer negiah or tzniut? (Allegedly, all the female TSA workers were busy.) After weighing both options, our aidel maidel knew one thing for certain: she didn’t want to disobey the government (chas veshalom).
The government and the TSA’s mission was successful—not a single terror attack yesterday! (How many terrorists were caught is a different issue all together.) However, these recent occurrences prove why profiling is unnecessary in the U.S. Why would such a potentially racist tool like profiling be used as a safety precaution when you could single out a soldier and a Stern girl?