Stars – they're just like us … except at the airport!
Anyone who has flown recently knows that it's pretty tough to get on an airplane. From pat downs to full-body scans, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does what it thinks is necessary to ensure the safety of every person boarding a flight. And while that's a great thing in theory, in practice, a lot of people find the measures overly invasive, and it's landed the TSA a pretty poor public image – something a U.S. House of Representatives panel is looking to improve.
First up, stop patting down our nation's most treasured celebrities.
The House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee met late last week to offer the TSA advice on improving its image and its suggestions to make the agency more efficient – it regularly receives well over a thousand complaints a month, many regarding courtesy and wait times – included an initiative to implement a more risk-based approach to security focusing on passengers the TSA has less information about.
According to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee, that means giving famous faces a pass, and he used Queen Bey as a prime example.
"There are certain people that are just so well-known that you've just got to use your common sense," Rogers said. "Because if you start patting them down, people are going to say, 'They're patting down Beyonce.' I mean, she's not going to blow a plane up."
You see, "The American people are just really disgusted and outraged with the department that they see is bloated and inefficient," per Rogers – and the first thing they can do to change that is to get their paws off Beyonce's sequenced leotard!
We kid! We get what he's saying and agree to a point. Of course, Beyonce isn't going to blow up a plane and neither are a bunch of other well-known people, and letting them pass through would expedite the process for everyone. But his notion raises two very serious questions: is it wise to allow certain people through without checking them as thoroughly as others and where is the line drawn?
Let us know what you think about letting celebrities and other well-known public figures pass easily through airport security in the comments below!