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Cancun Ted Cruz wants to make politicians a privileged caste at airports

More than a decade ago, Texans elected Ted Cruz to the Senate on a promise to abolish the Transportation Security Administration.

Mr. Cruz has “grown up” in the administration.

Instead of trying to abolish the TSA, Mr. Cruz is pushing an amendment that would force members of Congress to be treated like royalty and protected from abuse at airports.

Mr. Cruz’s measure “will provide members of Congress with a full-time security escort at the airport and provide them with rapid testing out of public view.” Politico reported.

Cruz was mocked in 2021 after he was photographed at the airport fleeing to Cancun as Texans suffered widespread power outages due to a winter storm.

His bill should be called the “No Mocking Poobah Act.”

The TSA is already handing out “Get Out of Molestation” cards to members of Congress to help them avoid hassles at checkpoints.

How did the “equal treatment under the law” exception arise?

In 2010, the TSA turned airport checkpoints into “constitutional twilight zones” with “enhanced patrol downs” and full-body scanners that irradiate travelers as they take photos in their birthday suits.

The following year, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the second most powerful Democrat in the House, said, “I don’t think TSA officials think they should treat members like everyone else. There have been several incidents,” he complained bitterly.

“I think we need to look at exactly how the TSA is engaging with members of Congress,” Clyburn cautioned.

The TSA was eager to appease political elites.

A 2014 American Civil Liberties Union report charged that “the government has placed itself at the top of a new air travel caste system.”

The ACLU said the TSA has “created an extensive white list” of individuals who are “automatically eligible for rapid airport screening,” including members of Congress and federal judges.

Politicians also benefit from the PreCheck and CLEAR programs, which most travelers choose not to purchase.

TSA spends $800 million a year on air marshals, nearly half of whom are designated to standby for flights of members of Congress, even though most flights pose zero air threats. .

One veteran air marshal fumed that in 2021, the Washington, D.C., field office was “almost exclusively dedicated to VIP service to Congress.”

The National Air Force Marshals Council formally complained that the TSA abused the program by turning it into a “concierge service” and “babysitting” for members of Congress, even for personal flights unrelated to official business. filed a complaint.

Mr. Cruz’s legal fix, “a screening process specific to safe airport travel,” was forged by other insults he suffered.

After missing his flight in Bozeman, Montana, in 2022, Mr. Cruz berated airline staff so severely that police were called to defuse the situation.

What’s the real problem? Airport officials later admitted that the officers did not recognize Sen. Cruz.

Does Mr. Cruz want a choir of trumpeters to herald the procession of lawmakers through the airport terminal?

Or would you prefer a stretcher carried by four American Legion members who sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as they transport VIPs to the departure gate?

Cruz justified the amendment by saying, “It is important that we take reasonable steps to keep everyone safe.”

But few on Capitol Hill are taking “reasonable steps” to protect people from the TSA’s invasive and abusive warrantless searches.

Dozens of women are complaining on Twitter about TSA agents grappling with their private parts in ways far worse than on prom night.

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After an Oklahoma woman filed a lawsuit after her clothes were searched for sanitary pads, a Justice Department lawyer derided the treatment she sued for as “costly.”[ed] to. . . petty oppression. ”

But who gave the TSA the right to oppress American women?

A federal court case documents recent TSA violations against female travelers.

For more than a decade, entering a TSA checkpoint has been like Russian roulette.

On a recent flight out of Washington National Airport, I recorded an enhanced pelvic patdown after the TSA’s full-body scanner alerted me solely to the zipper on my Levi jeans.

(Or maybe it’s because I criticized the TSA in the article) 20 years and condemned By the TSA Administrator. )

Mr. Cruz’s amendment also “solves” the problem of sporadic and horrendous delays at airport security by specifying that lawmakers be cleared quickly and without delay.

When the TSA was created after 9/11, Americans were promised “unarmed and unarmed.”

But that applied only to the ruling class.

Others are having to add more leeway to their travel schedules because of the TSA uncertainty.

Unfortunately, Mr. Cruz’s hypocrisy is only slightly more brazen than most of his Capitol Hill colleagues.

Rather than passing new laws to protect lawmakers from irate travelers, senators could defuse the public’s anger by honoring their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

James Bovard’s latest book is “The Last Right: The Death of American Freedom.”

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