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Should members of Congress be treated special by the TSA?

Jim Clyburn thinks they should.


Clyburn, noting that some of his “most anxious moments” have come in airports, said lawmakers shouldn’t be required to pass through magnetometers, which force them to wait in lines that he said expose them to greater threat.


“Members (of Congress) are very vulnerable going through crowded airports and especially going through security checkpoints at airports,” he said.


In an earlier appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Clyburn accused some federal Transportation Security Administration airport screeners of having mistreated lawmakers at times.


“TSA, I think, needs to begin to interact with our Capitol Hill Police (escorts) better,” he said. “We have had some incidents where TSA authorities think that Congress (members) should be treated like everybody else.”



Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2011/01/10/1638774/clyburn-places-blame-on-rhetoric.html#ixzz1AdfI21qE

 
QuinnMae

Asked by QuinnMae at 8:28 AM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I would not have an issue with them being escorted through the screening by their own hired security. You're nervous at the airport Congressman? Don't fly. Stay put or drive. Isn't that what the rest of us are being told?
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 9:59 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I don't think they should, there should be no preferential treatment for anyone.
    older

    Answer by older at 8:29 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • LOL! Everyone should be treated the same. If they don't like the way they are treated they need to fix it and make things better for everyone.
    Scuba

    Answer by Scuba at 8:31 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Um, no. If he's having "anxious moments" at the airport maybe he should drive. Congress is like everyone else - they're just overpaid.
    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 9:42 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I think they should have the same security measures "available" to them as the general public. In fact, I think they should have an enhanced screening..add a rectal exam...at least that way they get screwed along with the rest of us.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:23 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I'm in favor of equal treatment for all - get us all the exemption...
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:48 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Deal with it Clyburn! You aren't special..if the rest of us have to endure the bs then so do you...


    No more special exemptions just like you are exempt from Obamacare too...thats BS!! Meanwhile..alot of Americans are dumb enough to accept these things..hmm
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 8:36 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Or he can pay out of his own pocket and get a charter or private plane. He makes enough-maybe he can cry to some special interest group....a plane for congress in exchange for votes on the floor.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 9:51 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • “TSA, I think, needs to begin to interact with our Capitol Hill Police (escorts) better,” he said. “We have had some incidents where TSA authorities think that Congress (members) should be treated like everybody else.”

    *****

    He doesn't want to wait in ever increasingly long lines so he can be felt up by a TSA agent? Oh poor baby....then DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE IT you loser - the rest of us aren't comfortable with it either!!!
    beachmamaof2

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 12:03 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • I see no reason why.....
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:33 AM on Jan. 10, 2011

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