I have successfully avoided commenting on this topic for the two weeks it has remained atop the memeorandum rankings simply because I flat-out disagree with the hysterical sentiment being echoed. Now, rather than having to write that piece that I have dreaded I can simply say…what he said.
The fact that you personally are annoyed — you! an educated white-collar professional! — doesn’t mean that the process is idiotic. I’ve heard it called “security theater” so many times I’d be rich if I had a nickel for each time it popped up in my browser, but although the anti-TSA rants are often cathartic and amusing, they’ve never made much sense to me. All the crap that TSA goes through actually seems pretty clearly directed at improving the security of air travel.