For the third or fourth time since implementing its genital-fondling policy last October, the TSA has announced that henceforth, children under 12 shall be exempt from molestation
; not until American citizens turn 13 will TSA claim the right to feel our goodies. (The logic is, if molesting children is a bad thing, the badness goes away once they hit puberty.) Janet Napolitano has also raised the possibility of ending the take-off-your-shoes policy
"We are moving towards an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we screen," Napolitano is quoted as saying by Politico. "I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on. One of the last things you will [see] is the reduction or limitation on liquids."
At least she was honest enough to say they're moving toward
an intelligence- and risk-based approach, rather othan pretend we have an intelligent, risk-based approach now. But she said nothing about the hands-down-your-underpants or photograph-your-genitalia policies. The hope is, if you're allowed to keep your shoes on, the inability to keep your pants on too maybe won't bother you so much.