Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coleman Toes Libertarian Line

I must credit Ed Coleman for sticking to his Libertarian leanings, but his latest proposal makes little sense.

Acting on last month’s tempest in a teapot (and yes, I wrote about it here), Coleman is introducing a proposal into the City-County Council to have the Transportation Security Administration screeners replaced with private contractors at the Indianapolis International Airport’s Weir Cook Terminal.

Going back to last month, there was a mass of complaints about the TSA’s new scanners that had been set up in airports. The scanners show your unmentionables in the name of security. If you refuse the scanners, then you get a nice patdown that is also…well…some would say invasive.

There was a talk of mass protests during the Thanksgiving travel period. None materialized, and Americans pretty much went about their business. The story disappeared buried in the daily humdrum of tax cuts, Wikileaks, and other stories.

Coleman has dug it out of the trash and is suggesting the TSA be replaced at IIA. It’s something that neither Republicans nor Democrat seem willing to support according to the Indianapolis Star. Coleman’s proposal seems like it is DOA.

And, frankly, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Even a private security firm will be contracted by the TSA and the TSA will be footing the bill, according to the Star. The Airport Authority has the final say in the matter, and it doesn’t sound like they are budging. Regardless who is providing security at the airport, you still are going to have to go through security at the airport.

I realize the concerns people have with airport security are real. There have been some pretty harrowing stories from people with prostheses, colostomy bags, catheters, and other assistive devices. On the whole though, given the number of people that fly and the number of airports in the U.S., I would say those stories are thankfully few and far between.

The TSA is far from perfect, and I do think we might have gone overboard with security a bit. But, if you fly, it’s the game you have to play. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If you have problems with airport security, then don’t fly. Drive.

As far as Coleman’s proposal, it really solves nothing, but it does toe the Libertarian Party line. Coleman is representing those interests, and he’s likely going down swinging. For that, he should be commended.


Paul K. Ogden said...

I think it's highly unfair to say that Ed Coleman is doing this to "toe the Libertarian (Party) Line." Ed has shown a lot of indpendence in office, even sometimes bucking his Libertarian Party's positions. Ed feels strongly about this issue and more power to them. You yourself question whether the TSA policies go too far. Well Ed's resolution is helping along that debate. That's a good thing.

Marycatherine Barton said...

Easter toes the Democratic/Republican Line. Airport security radiating and groping men, women, and children has got to end!