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Shuffling Naked Into Bondage

From the Los Angeles Times, some thoughts on the full-body scanner — or “virtual strip search“:

“We don’t need to look at naked 8-year-olds and grandmothers to secure airplanes,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said last week.

Very true. Then again, making the job more appealing to folks who like to look at naked eight-year-olds and grandmothers will increase the recruiting pool for the TSA’s ever vaster army of crack operatives.

By the way, if you think Gitmo is a “recruiting tool” for jihad, what do you think thousands of infidel men peering at what Islamobabes look like under their burkas is likely to be? Right now, an enraged imam boarding at Newark with his four wives is the best shot at stopping this nonsense.

Speaking of which, from ABC News:

Another jittery flight crew questioned the actions of a few Muslim passengers today, causing yet another flight to be delayed and police to question the four men.

As Northwest Airlines flight 243 from Amsterdam to Detroit — the same route taken by a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a plane Christmas Day — began its descent on Detroit, four passengers began to act in ways that alarmed their fellow passengers.

One or more of the men reportedly pulled a blanket over his head. When the plane landed at around 1:05 p.m., it was met by police…

Customs officers questioned and then released the four passengers, whom other passengers identified as men of Middle Eastern descent in their 20s.

No arrests will be made in connection with the incident. Law enforcement offered no information on the passengers or their alleged actions.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said that “four passengers did not comply with crew-member instruction. Out of caution, the crew requested that authorities meet the plane upon landing…”

“If it was serious at all,” said Detroit Metro Airport spokesperson Mike Conway, “they would not have allowed the plane to taxi to the terminal.”

So it’s not “serious” to refuse to “comply with crew-member instruction”? Who knew? Hey, thanks for the tip, big guy! That promises to make flying a lot more pleasant.

Or does this dispensation only apply to certain groups of passengers? At this point, why blow up the plane when you can have almost as much fun just jerking everyone around?

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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