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Iím there to pick up Marines returning from some training exercise. Iím in the airport for 12 hours that day because the flights are spread out from 0600 Ė 2130. So I figure Iíll go to the USO because it is too expensive to just hang out in a lounge or sportsbar in the airport all day long.
So, I get a gate pass from an airlines, I had to do that because the geniuses at DIA put the USO inside a terminal and not out in the public areas where everyone can get to it. I get to TSA security checkpoint and they want me to take my shoes off. I refuse because if anyone is NOT a terrorist itís me. And besides it is a major pain in the ass to get the damn things off and back on again. For this I was treated to an 8 minute wait in a glass booth where everyone in the airport gawked at me, then I was wanded , prodded, and patted by some sycophant who blathered on and on about his days on the forceÖnever said which force and I didnít ask.
As all this was going on I glanced over at their new fangled sniffer machine which is supposed to detect explosives and noticed everyone in the line, about 30 people, were all white. I know we are not supposed to profile but give me a break. Most of the bombings around the world have not been carried out by AARP platinum card members. I could go on and on about this but it all really comes down to this: Airport security sucks, and no one cares.
By the way, I had a cigarette lighter on me the whole time and Inspector Clouseau never found it. Pitiful.