Beyoncé's Travel Comfort Changes Course of National Security

The TSA Will No Longer Pat Down Beyoncé—Who Else Can Evade Security?

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) announced that they are going to ease up on security measures for celebrities at the airport. Well, well—it seems that exclusive clubs and restaurants aren't the only places that will pull aside the velvet rope for celebs and give them special treatment. Is this unfair?

Perhaps, but it is a more realistic approach to airport security. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee, said: "There are certain people that are just so well-known that you've just got to use your common sense. Because if you start patting them down, people are going to say, 'They're patting down Beyoncé.' I mean, she's not going to blow a plane up." He has a point, but it would be comical to watch her go through that awkward x-ray machine with her arms up and try to stay posh at the same time.

Take it to another level no passengers on her plane, tbhCollapse )

People will call this treatment unfair, consider two points. (1) TSA screening guidelines are developed to deal with a large volume of people that are not well known - in this specific instance, how necessary in the in-depth screening (although I believe some level of searching is necessary, regardless)? (2) How will they determine that someone is well known enough to have relaxed or no screening?