Time to profile

21 Nov

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – who’s suspected of eyeing a run at the WHite House someday – is jumping into the airport security controversy.

He’s putting the blame at the feet of President Barack Obama for failing to communicate the changes that were accompanying the full-body scanners.

“You’re so worried about the rights of the terrorists. What about the rights of the innocent American travelers?”

Jindal says it’s time to use a form of profiling in airport security lines.
“They’re not using common sense,” he says. “They’re not using intelligence. There’s no reason for them to be doing body searches of 6-year-old, 12-year-old girls traveling from Louisiana to visit their grandparents. We’re not talking about profiling, but use the information. Don’t let political correctness stop them.”

Sorry Bobby, that is profiling. Call it what it is. You’d be surprised how many might support it.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, says she wouldn’t go through a pat-down if she could avoid it. She is promising that security would become “less intrusive and more precise” as the government’s security experts look for ways to “diminish the impact on the traveling public.”

“I mean, obviously the vast, vast majority of people getting on these planes are law-abiding citizens who are just trying to get from, you know, one place to another,” she said on “Meet the Press.” “But let’s not kid ourselves. The terrorists are adaptable. They start doing whatever they can to try to cause harm. And when you have people who are willing to die in order to kill Americans and others, you’ve got folks putting explosives in their underwear. Who would have thought that? So striking the right balance is what this is about.”

As for the President, asked about the policy at the NATO summit in Lisbon, Barack Obama threw out a hint the pat-down policy could be adjusted.

“You have to constantly refine and measure whether what we’re doing is the only way to assure the American people’s safety. And you also have to think through, are there ways of doing it that are less intrusive.”

The head of the TSA says – no changes are planned.

So, as usual, there’s no agreement among the players and nothing changes.

2 Responses to “Time to profile”

  1. Jim Loomis November 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    A year ago, I flew from Maui to Honolulu for surgery. I was discharged and sent home two days later with a catheter and a plastic bag strapped to my leg. By the time I got to the airport, there were probably 10-12 ounces of liquid in the bag which was out of sight underneath a baggy pair of pants. I sailed through security without a problem. Obviously, the liquid in the plastic bag could have been gasoline or something even more flammable.

    So are these full-body scanners necessary? I’m really not sure, but …

    • Honolulu Notes November 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      The TSA website has some clear rules regarding medical devices. There are here:
      http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm

      The section that might relate to you:
      “Advise the Security Officer if you have an ostomy or urine bag. You will not be required to expose these devices for inspection.”
      The rules vs. what some people say is happening now is interesting.

      Honolulu Notes

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