July 25, 2005
I got four S's on my plane ticket Sunday evening ("SSSS"), which signals the TSA to perform an extra-strict security search. Why they singled me out, I’m not sure. It’s happened before, and I don't mind. I support efforts to make air travel as safe as possible. I do worry that common sense doesn't seem to play a role with airport screeners, and something happened this time that was particularly astonishing.
The screener wanded my bare feet.
I was wearing rubber sandals and no socks. The TSA employee politely asked me to sit down and remove my shoes, which I did. Then he apologized for what he was about to do. He asked me to raise each foot one at a time, and as I did, he waved the wand over the top and bottom of my ankles and feet.
He also thoroughly checked my pockets, while another guy went through my bag.
Again, I appreciate the scrutiny. Really. But I’m confused. Is there concern terrorists are hiding weapons in their feet? Can they not tell my limbs are real?
My, how times have changed...
Rick Leventhal currently serves as New York-based senior correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network as a correspondent in 1997.