When the online response to this weekend’s screening faux pas
grew to a howl, the TSA issued the same
statement it’s issued dozens of times since its founding: “We
have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and
determined that our officers acted professionally and according to
Again, it’s not about some vast government power grab. It’s about what *always* happens when you give thousands of people a secure government job, a little training, almost total authority, a mandate to protect but not to serve, and assurance that you’ll back them up even when they misbehave.