No one should feel good about the work being done by the TSA if this story is even remotely close to being true–and given the many stories that have come out concerning abuses on the part of the TSA, I personally have little doubt that Senator Paul’s story is substantially accurate. The TSA is doing little to nothing to actually preserve and enhance airport security. It seems to think that the more it needlessly irritates and harasses passengers, the safer we will be. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It really wouldn’t be the world’s worst idea for one of the Republican candidates for president to take this issue and run with it. Pledging to reform the TSA would be fantastically good policy, and it has the added virtue of being fantastically good politics.
IMMEDIATE UPDATE: The TSA, as it turns out, needs to read up on the Constitution:
The U.S. Constitution actually protects federal lawmakers from detention while they’re on the way to the capital.
“The Senators and Representatives…shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same….” according to Article I, Section 6.