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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 11/22/2010

'SNL' takes on TSA: Parody over protest

By Melissa Bell
height protests TSA scanners. (David Vincent Wolf)

Protests don't seem to be changing the TSA stance on security pat-downs, but can parody make a difference? "Saturday Night Live" takes on the touchy-feely security procedure. T-shirt makers have been having a field day with new TSA slogans. And a round of bumper stickers offer up some choice TSA mottos: "It's not a grope. It's a freedom pat."

While TSA is handling much of the criticism in measured blog postings, Bloomberg Lizzie O'Leary points out that the administration known now for its security measures used to have a sense of humor of its own. Check out its old blog "Terminal Madness." Perhaps if the TSA started telling its own side of the story, (knives in Barbie Doll boxes, baby alligators at the checkpoint!), people would be more prone to give the guards a break.

By Melissa Bell  | November 22, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
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Since it’s still not against the law let’s try to think this thing through; like where and how did it begin and what can be done to change what is becoming a grimy situation that may only be the prelude to random strip searches and full body scans in the malls. Clearly the freedom and liberties we once enjoyed and, unfortunately took for granted are being downsized. Now many are obviously upset about the airport procedures. This situation didn’t just happen out of the clear blue sky. WE HAVE OUR ARMIES IN MUSLIM LANDS. Damage done and the potential damage by our opponents won't be limited to downing planes. The huge expense of airport safety, the indignities now suffered by Americans not to mention feeling up kids is only the start of the price to be paid if we don't get our armies out of Muslim lands. Two guys and a rifle tied up the Eastern sea board with random shooting of whatever was in front of them. Imagine a few hundred of these teams from coast to coast. That Israel can't prevent attacks within its comparatively small borders with a highly refined security organization and heightened public levels of public awareness, should tell us something. Some ask how many bombs have been detected at our airports; no answers are available. Terror attacks in this country will remain a possibility and change in form as we are not fighting the Viet Cong, who at least had the decency to stay home. The only way to stop the diminishment of freedom attendant to the terror war, (downsizing of freedom being one of Osama’s goals) is to declare victory, pull out of Muslim lands, wait a few years and then our corporations can do business with today's terrorists as we now do with yesterdays', the Viet Cong. Perhaps we'll resuscitate strategic alliances with today's terrorists like we are doing with yesterday’s terrorists, the North Vietnamese. Free no log-in editorial cartoons

Posted by: saintpeterii | November 22, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, it is not because we are in Muslim lands that we are fighting this war. We are fighting a religion that wants to become global. This religion does not want its members to assimilate and views those who refuse to convert as infidels. They want sharia law to become the law of the land. We are seeing this lack of assimilation throughout Europe.

Posted by: Therese2 | November 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Time to seek out and utilize air travel options not affected by TSA B.S. -- things like charter, local private pilots, small regional airlines that have structured their ops to avoid as much Federal B.S. as possible, etc... .

NOTE: Local private pilots can offer surprisingly affordable options and even private charter can be very affordable when done in groups. Another option (if you fly alot) is to get together with a local private pilot, and some friends, and set up a group ownership arrangement of an aircraft that meets most of the group's needs. Some recommended, affordable, capable aircraft: cessna 206, cessna 210, cessna caravan, king air 100, and the king air 200 (most, especially non-aviator types, will be happiest with the caravan and king air aircraft).

Posted by: PECB | November 25, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Knives and alligators would be found by conventional screening/search methods. I find the rationalization of groping of law abiding Americans to be beyond understanding. We have not had a single incident where someone that has actually boarded a plane since 9/11 in the U.S. was a threat. Our methods have been more than adequate to serve the public. And, if someone is willing to kill themselves to make a point, you can not stop them. Ultimately they will find a way to succeed. You people who are so willing to give up your freedom and your fourth amendment would have done Russia, Germany, Iran, Iraq, etc. proud.

Posted by: good2go56 | November 27, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

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