I fly on commercial airliners a lot–which means that I have a lot of pet peeves.
First among these pet peeves is those random gropings at the security bottlenecks–whether the victim is I or anyone else.
Second is those random searches of checked luggage. This is the violation which I sufferred yesterday–for the third time. As on the previous two occasions, I was carrying no explosives or other accoutrements of terrorism, which I suspect is the case for most American women. I was lucky, as nothing was stolen, except the paper clip I’ve been using to fasten the suitcase zipper shut since the TSA fascists broke my lock the first time they riffled through my underwear. It would have been nice had they re-zipped my toiletry case, but I guess the childish thrill of picturing my make-up working its way through my packed items was just too tempting to pass up. Fortunately, there was no damage to my clothing.
Of course, the same can’t be said for your and my Constitutional right against unreasonable search. The fascists had no probable cause to suspect that my suitcase contained anything dangerous, and therefore they had no reason to search it.
But reason is out the window. Every day, American citizens’ persons and belongings are searched by government bureaucrats acting without any regard for reason or rights.
Mohammed Atta must be satisfied.