The TSA at the Rochester, NY airport has ordered the valet parking company to search all vehicles “for large amounts of explosives” since that could pose a challenge to the airport buildings.
Customers reacted with fury when they found a card in their cars when they came back that indicated that the car had been searched. Supposedly there was a sign to that effect in the window of the booth of the valet company.
There are so many things wrong with this, I don’t even know where to start.
I am a top-tier traveler – meaning that I fly between 50,000 and 100,000 miles each year, sometimes more. I know a thing or two about the TSA, and I believe it is the most inept, useless, bloated and essentially ineffective government agency of all. I would gladly have the TSA abolished.
Asking parking attendants to search for “large amounts of explosives” is like asking the short-order cook at the local diner to run a SQL query on a database. A parking attendant is not qualified to find large amounts of explosives, or any explosives, for that matter.
And finally, if I were a terrorist and I wanted to bomb an airport, do you really think I’d pack up a “large amount of explosives” into my car, in the trunk or the engine compartment, and then hand the keys to a valet to park the car who knows where? Really?
I would be the world’s dumbest terrorist.
Of course, now that this is public, dumb terrorists just have to go to another airport where the TSA is not quite as smart.