Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
The Sturmabteilung-like Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is run by the atrocious Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is arguably one of the single most destructive plagues on America.
With their thoroughly reprehensible “grope-down” procedure, not to mention reportedly strip searching multiple elderly women, harassment of elderly terminal cancer patients and the severely mentally challenged, and the potentially dangerous and ludicrously costly naked body scanners (which can be circumvented with shocking ease), the TSA has become a bit of a joke in the United States.
Not to be outdone, they have now introduced a program which allows travelers to pay $100 to take part in a program where they are able to skip the degrading, dehumanizing procedures the rest of us are subjected to every time we’re unfortunate enough to travel by plane.
The fact that you only have to pay once has nothing to do with the absurdity of forcing people to be either groped by a TSA goon, blasted by potentially dangerous naked body scanners, or now, pay $100 to travel with dignity.
As of now, selected frequent flyers and “Trusted Travelers” as defined by Customs and Border Protection (another DHS agency) are the only people who are able to participate in the new “PreCheck” program.
Those who are accepted into the program and pay the fee are allowed to keep their shoes on along with their belts and jackets – something which us average individuals could never imagine – as they stroll through a metal detector, without any groping or naked body scanning.
These special individuals are even allowed to keep their laptops and the oh-so-dangerous liquids in their carry on baggage.
So far, almost 100,000 people on American Airlines alone have signed up for the TSA’s program, which translates to a whopping $10,000,000 in fees will be gathered just from passengers of this single airline.
The notion of allowing people to pay to get out of the insanely invasive TSA screening procedures is nothing short of laughable, but not much else can be expected from an agency like the TSA at this point.
They likely realize that this could leave massive security holes but since they also realize that there is, in fact, no terrorist threat facing the United States, making such security lapses are irrelevant.
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