Yahoo! links this morning to this post on ABC News, about a woman who was detained at the Houston airport instead of being allowed to board her flight because the TSA gate agent did not 'like her attitude.'
The video above purportedly shows the incident in progress. The production values are less than optimal because, understandably, the video was surreptitiously shot. The linked ABC News site reports further:
The person who uploaded the video writes, "I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA "test" it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn't because they thought I was a security risk-it was because the TSA agent, Louis Godeaux, was mad at me!"If this is legal, it should not be. It. must. not. be.
Though the audio is garbled, the exchange goes like this:
Woman: Do you think I'm honestly a threat? Do you think that?
TSA agent: No, no, no but with your attitude . . .
Woman: Wait, let me get this straight, this is retaliatory for my attitude? This is not making the airways safer, this is retaliatory.
TSA agent: Pretty much, yes. [Inaudible]
Woman: Is that legal?
TSA agent: Yes it is.
Today, of course, is the 11th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the New York and Washington. For those of you who were alive and aware on that tragic day, don't you recall the many, many variations on this theme?
Well, Osama bin Laden may be dead, but as long as the TSA is with us, he and his sorry ilk have won.