Did Vietnam teach us nothing?
John Pistole, head of the TSA, mentioned back in June that terrorists might use kids. “We need to use common sense.” Exactly. We’ve all heard the horror stories of the Vietnam War where children with explosives strapped to them would innocently stroll into a bar with soldiers. The results were, needless to say, not good. It’s proof that kids will be used in nefarious ways. So the decision by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to change how they deal with children worries me.
First, they’re letting kids under 12 keep their shoes on. What?! If I were a terrorist bent on spreading fear and destruction, a pair of pink, bedazzled sneakers with frilly laces is exactly the thing I would use. I mean the image of an infant in a onesie sends shivers down my spine. (Who knows what that diaper holds!) And you want to stop giving children pat-downs?
Apparently this whole reassessment is in response to outrage over images like that of a 6-year-old girl getting a pat-down because she moved during the electronic screening. A fidgety 6-year-old? Clearly a mini-terrorist. Probably a clone programmed to seek out and destroy. That teddy bear she’s carrying? Belly-button laser.