November 23, 2010
Here we are in Thanksgiving week, the busiest travel holiday of the year and the Transportation Security Administration is making it more unpleasant for those who fly than it already is.
Increased security comes as Al-Qaeda threatens death to Americans by a thousand cuts and says the cargo package that might have blown up a plane a few weeks ago was a low-tech operation that will be repeated.
I have stopped flying over relatively short distances, like between New York and Washington, not only because of the hassle, but because I am getting better service on the train. America is a big country and so the train is not an option for everyone over long distances. Sometimes smaller airports can be used if you can make them work for you.
But this is the way it's going to be for the foreseeable future: Islamic terrorists are out to get us; they are patient and don't care if they die in the process.
Still, profiling like the Israelis do would be better, but we don't do that because we are too politically correct and there are groups that would sue. So, if you fly, get used to the groping and inconvenience.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.