I mentioned in an earlier post that I've been flying a lot lately. Flying means one thing: security. And stress. I've been thinking about it a lot too.
Airport security is a good thing. It's meant to protect the common good. It's a noble task, protecting our heartland. But it's a little overboard.
Security at La Guardia is a good idea. Security at Boston's Logan is also prudent. But the shoe-removing, laptop opening, fluid bagging brand of security at Bozeman, Montana's airport is unnecessary. It's also very presumptuous.
Podunk airports with the same level of security presume the next Al Qaeda attack is coming through their doors.
"The bastards won't sleep," They say. "They won't rest until we're all reading Korans."
They're causing a lot of arthritic ranchers a lot of hassle.
The same mindset is true with concerts.
Say there's a pat down and metal detectors at a Toby Keith concert. The event staff thinks someone might harm Toby Keith. Or worse yet, they'll harm someone in the crowd.
It's not gonna happen. The nefarious people in this world have better things to do than mess up soccer moms at a country concert.
They have bigger fish to fry.