As if there wasn't enough to worry about these days.

Some days, I cringe when I page through my list of newsfeeds at the things going on in the world right now. For starters, the US Transportation Safety Agency, a government organization charged with watching over points of entry and egress to this country has been a thorn in the side of many a passenger since its inception. Have a piercing or two under your skin that sets off the magnetometers? There's an excellent chance that you'll be forced to remove it regardless of the health risk. If you've had it for a while, I hope you packed hand tools …


I've heard of alternative medicine, but this is ridiculous.

Last night at LAX, a man of Iraqi descent was taken aside to be searched in depth because he kept setting off the metal detectors. He kept setting off the hand-held metal detectors even though he'd emptied his pockets of everything even vaguely metallic, so they proceeded to the nightmare of most human beings - the body cavity search.

They found in his rectum a small magnet wrapped with wires, which he said was part of a home remedy.

I really can't make any wise-ass comments about this, because the whole scenario speaks for itself.