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So apparently there are talks about reducing the level of “patting” famous folks get when going through the airport and I don’t know how I feel about it.
During a recent congressional meeting last week the chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee, Alabama Republican Mike Rogers, used Beyonce as an example during his argument to reduce the level of security at the airport when dealing with famous faces.
He argued that TSA employees need to use better judgment when a celebrity comes through their security check points. According to him, a famous face is not likely to want to blow up a plane thus less “patting” is necessary.
According to MTV News,
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.”
While I understand what he is implying, I also am on the fence about providing special treatment to celebrities because you “think they pose no threat”. How many times have we read in the news and on the net that a “famous” face has been arrested after trying to bring a gun on a plane? or a knife? or something that they know good and dang on well that they should not have? Exactly…
Besides I doubt that someone like Beyonce would take a commercial flight anyway, I am more than sure that when she has a plane the only people allowed on that flight with her are family, traveling friends and….Julius.