If you are planning to fly any time soon, don’t watch this video. In an attempt to provide security, we seem willing to forfeit a good deal of freedom and even basic dignity. It is quite remarkable how willingly we line up in crowded rows like sheep and submit to the indignities of airport security. But how much is enough? At what point will Americans balk and either quit flying or demand a change? Surely there are limits. I wonder how George Washington or Sam Adams would respond to such treatment.
TSA Agent: Please remove your wig, jacket, and shoes.
George Washington: Sir. I am an American and a free man. I will surely not accede to this outrageous request.
TSA: Comply with the rules, buddy. Or get out of line.
GW: No American will submit to this. Furthermore, you are surly an agent of the enemy, for no free man would ask another free man to do such things.
TSA: Listen, buddy. I don’t have time for this. Do as I say or I’ll call security and have you arrested.
At this point Washington summarily manhandles TSA agent, who had in the meantime grabbed Washington by the arm. Washington briskly turns and stalks out of airport. He will go to New York on horseback, but he goes as a free man.
p.s. If you are a breast cancer survivor with a prosthetic breast, be forewarned: they won’t go easy on you.