A 10-year-old girl named Vendela Payne was recently patted down by TSA agents at a North Carolina airport, because her backpack contained a juice box that was larger than the allowable 3 ounces.
The pat-down lasted about 2 minutes. “Well I know it’s to keep everyone on the plane safe but she kept patting me down like, ‘pat down… pat down.’ ‘It was like over and over,” the 10‑year‑old girl said. It was followed by an hour-long screening.
Vendela’s father, Kevin Payne, complained about it to a local news station, which devoted one minute and one second to the story.
In the story, Mr. Payne was calmly and reasonably critical: “Maybe the TSA agents were bad apples, maybe they were under-trained, maybe they need re-training, maybe they did everything by the book. I don’t really know, but it was an uncomfortable situation.” The TSA defends their procedures, of course, saying it’s just their job.(1)
Mike Adams, who created an online viral sensation in 2010, with his anti-TSA song “Don’t Touch My Junk,” doesn’t buy that excuse. “U.S. government workers have a personal and patriotic responsibility to ensure that their actions do not deprive American citizens of their Constitutional rights,” he has written. “A U.S. government employee who engages in behavior that violates the rights of American citizens— even if ordered to do so—is himself guilty of those violations under civil law (and perhaps criminal law, depending on the violation).”(2)
As he sums it up, “Big Brother does not have any rights to the junk in your trunk.”(3)