The Department of Homeland Security has been working on a trusted traveler registry to improve the wait times for airport screening. The House voted unanimously yesterday to add a preference system for the military, and I’m all for it. It makes no sense to trust a soldier with a M-16 to defend us, then turn around and treat him like a criminal with a pat-down and make him take off his boots and belt. I’m thinking of the shameful way Marine Corps General Joseph J. Foss and Navy Lieutenant John W. Finn were treated. Those are just a couple of incidents I remembered; I’m sure there are many more.
So thank you, Rep. Chip Cravaack of Minnesota. Any bets as to what the Senate will do?
H/T Washington Times
(Editor’s fix: Joe Foss was a major in the Marine Corps and a general in the South Dakota Air National Guard. The main point was that security at the Phoenix airport considered his Medal of Honor a suspicious weapon and made an 86-year-old war hero remove his boots, belt, and hat three times before he was allowed to board his plane.)