Thursday, April 22, 2010

How to take your monkey through airline security

The Transportation Security Administration has a helpful guide on service animals:
When a monkey is being transported in a carrier, the monkey must be removed from the carrier by the handler prior to screening,

The monkey must be controlled by the handler throughout the screening process.

The monkey handler should carry the monkey through the WTMD while the monkey remains on a leash.

When the handler and monkey go through the WTMD and the WTMD alarms, both the handler and the monkey must undergo additional screening.

Since monkeys may likely draw attention, the handler will be escorted to the physical inspection area where a table is available for the monkey to sit on. Only the handler will touch or interact with the monkey.

TSOs have been trained to not touch the monkey during the screening process.

TSOs will conduct a visual inspection on the monkey and will coach the handler on how to hold the monkey during the visual inspection.

The inspection process may require that the handler take off the monkey’s diaper as part of the visual inspection.


The absurdity of the situation recalls the old SNL Sprockets sketches in which the surreal Dieter asks his guests if they would like to touch his monkey.

But it is disturbing to see the complacency of Americans before the demands of a government bureaucracy seemingly more effective in securing airplanes from bashful passengers than securing the borders from terrorist infiltration.

There have been few hints of concern for modesty in the proposals for full body scans for passengers. As Andrew McCarthy notes, only a few religious leaders have spoken out.

Even the Pope's supposed condemnation of body scans is hard to verify, as he never actually mentioned the scanners and we know the press is notorious for imagining that tangential papal comments fit their storylines.

Nakedness can trigger moral prurience and vicious curiosity. But it also has iconic significance: Christ showed God's total love by being crucified naked.

Lamentable is the silence of the clergy and other Christians in the face of another violation of modesty and another degradation of the religious sense.

TSA officers can strip you with technology, and they can strip you physically. But they'll not touch you, so long as you're a monkey.

7 comments:

S. Arruda said...

of course the general public doesn't have an outcry on full body screening. it's not that we enjoy this, but to speak out would make one a target of TSA or other officials. We need to fly, there are very few other recourses. And so we must endure the indignities acted upon us. Once you make a scene, you become targeted and perhaps denied access to air travel. I wish our elected officials would do their job and make an outcry for us.

Linus said...

Just another indication of the end times. Satan seems to be controlling about everything.

Anonymous said...

I haven't complained about taking off my shoes go go through the security gate, as former VEEP Al Gore has to take his shoes off also. If he doesn't complain, why should I?
TeaPot562

Erick said...

I heard that George Clooney refused to remove his shoes during security checks in airport but he was not incarcerated or anything...

Katherine said...

Is the same process the same in Michigan?

advertise game said...

The security is going to be tighter and tighter. There will always be indignities, however uncomfortable it is.

Robert said...

Hi,

My name is Rev Robert Wright, Editor for Christian.com, a social network made specifically for Christians, by Christians. We embarked on this endeavor to offer the entire Christian community an outlet to join together and better spread the good word of Christianity. Christian.com has many great features like Christian TV, prayer requests, finding a church, receiving church updates and advice. We have emailed you to collaborate with you and your blog to help spread the good word of Christianity. I look forward to your response regarding this matter. Thanks!


Rev. Robert Wright
rev.robertwright@gmail.com
www.christian.com