For people serious about security, the entire TSA is a joke. “The whole system is designed to catch stupid terrorists,” says security expert Bruce Schneier. Trying to keep weapons or explosives off planes by embarrassing grannies or terrorizing toddlers is a waste of time, and the TSA knows it.
Former TSA head Kip Hawley admitted in 2008 that “all they [terrorists] have to do is walk through the airport clean and then have someone throw something over a fence.”
The reason for the current dog and pony show is to make passengers feel safe so we’ll keep flying. Which is another reason the granny groping is counterproductive. How can I feel safe when my life is in the hands of TSA agents who think “The Golden Girls” represent a terrorist threat?