Okay, first the good news: According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal by Scott McCartney (p. D1) the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has "backed off" earlier plans like banning magazines, books and blankets from passengers for the last hour of flight -and turning off the in-flight movie. VERY good moves, since we never wished to exchange any punk terrorists for 100-250 edgy and hostile passengers with nothing to do and minds bereft of occupation!
The next thing for the TSA is to ease up on the rest room edict too. (E.g. no passengers may frequent a rest room in the last hour of flight- which is often more than 1 1/2 hours - for busy hubs with lots of traffic). If need be, allow one of the crew to be at the loo when a passenger must use it, and let her deliver a first warning knock after 5 minutes, and a more rigorous 'watch it, bub' knock - harder delivered - after ten. What we don't need is having to come to the airport wearing diapers! This is not cool.
Now, the bad news, from the same WSJ article: the Republicans, aka Repugs or "reptiles" are still blocking President Obama's nomination for head of the TSA - after 4 months. This is none other than Erroll Southers, who could not be a more optimum choice. Mr. Southers already features FBI experience, plus he used to run security at Los Angeles World airports. In other words, this is no cream puff, or lightweight.
But you'd never know that from the Republican obstructionism - mainly driven by South Carolina's pro-Confederate whackjob, Jim De Mint. Hey, Senator! The Confederacy and its treasonous garbage died out more than 145 years ago!
As WSJ author McCartney observes this is an intolerable situation, especially now in the wake of the Xmas Day incident. Had Southers been at his post as TSA head, then arguably at least the nonsensical "security" edicts that were issued never would have seen the light of day. And the agency would not have lost any precious credibility. As it is we need Southers there now, to man a complex operation and arrive at the correct and appropriate responses. You've all seen the "too heavy" and "too light" commercials for Bud Light I presume?
I agree with McCartney here that the Senate needs to either confirm this gentleman or reject him, but in the wake of the attempted terror hit, this cannot be allowed to drag on. DeMint and his repup fiends are placing us in great jeopardy as they continue this nonsense which undermines our airline security and timely responses. Dragging their heels on one of the most critical appointments. This is bordering now on high treason.
As for criticizing Obama and the Dems, I also concur with McCartney that the repugs have boxed themselves into a corner with their caterwauling: to wit, they can hardly criticize the TSA and national security in general if they are willingly obstructing a nomination - and effectively blocking putting someone in charge of the TSA.
The Repugs need to decide whose side they are on: the nation's or the terrorists. They need to either cooperate, follow....or get the hell out of the way!