Well, I suppose this is something, even if the rest of us still get treated like terrorists...
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced yesterday that it is planning new procedures that would accelerate passing through airport security for people in active-duty military service.
"TSA recognizes the trustworthiness of our service men and women," said the TSA's Chris McLaughlin in a congressional hearing. "We know that they pose little risk to aviation security and we are dedicated to doing everything we can to meet the needs of U.S. military personnel when they travel by air."
Of the new procedures being proposed, one would allow families of our service members returning from overseas duty to pass through security and be allowed to meet their loved ones at the gate. That's a nice consideration and it looks like when boarding a flight our troops won't have to go through the process of removing their shoes.
I guess they have finally come to the conclusion that, given that our men and women in uniform are often fighting terrorists, they are unlikely to actually be terrorists. No word on how TSA will verify the identities of service members and one assumes it will be something other than the uniform they are wearing.
Better late than never with those obvious conclusions, TSA.
As for the rest of you terrorist suspects, get those shoes off and empty those sippy cups!
Here's the video from The Pentagon Channel: