"Freeze Drill"

A passenger recorded video of TSA officers requiring passengers to spontaneously stand still for no apparent reason—after they had already passed through the security checkpoint.

A TSA employee was pointing his blue-gloved hand at anyone who moved a muscle (including airport workers) and barking these orders. Beyond him were two other agents doing the same thing to everyone in a 90-degree radius. The tension was rather palpable, as you might imagine. No explanation was given, no other words were spoken. No one moved a muscle. Parents grabbed their children. Anyone who fidgeted or made a step forward got yelled at.

Here is the video in its very short entirety.

Via The Jane Dough.

Screw the Stats

As a follow-up to something I posted a week ago, here’s a comment over at The Good Men Project about American Airlines’ new policy allowing men to be moved out of a seat next to an unaccompanied minor:

”The moment we accept one policy justifying discrimination on the basis of gender is the moment we accept all policies justifying discrimination on the basis of gender.”

Hard to argue with that.

Flight Attendant Forces Nonverbal Autistic Teen to Turn Off iPad She Uses to Communicate

In accordance with airline and FAA policy, although it seems airlines are able to offer “reasonable accomodation” to people with disabilities.

I’m not aware of any actual research suggesting that non-cell-phone electronic devices pose any threat to airline safety. It’s time for the FAA to end this policy.

Should Airlines Be Allowed to Forbid Men From Sitting Next to Unaccompanied Minors?

Katie J.M. Baker:

Is it gender discrimination to separate adult men from children solely on the basis of their Y chromosome?

Of course it is, but this phrasing implies that gender discrimination is always unacceptable.

On the one hand, I can only imagine Baker’s snarkiness if we gender-swapped this situation, and at first blush it smacks a little of the sexist idea that men are always untrustworthy. On the other hand, in-flight child molestation seems like a very real problem, and I don’t doubt that most if not all of the perpetrators are men.