McGruber writes "Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie has written (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/lake/os-lk-lauren-ritchie-tsa-search-elderly-20131025,0,2675395.column) about how Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints handle her father Sam, an 87-year-old who has a propensity to question authority in a quiet way, and make his target feel stupid.
Sam points to the signs that the TSA posts stating that those above the age of 75 don't have to take off their shoes for screening. Maybe the TSA thinks all old people wear floppy tennies, but Sam's favorite pair have metal. So every time Sam goes through the screening, an alarm goes off, and an officer makes him remove his shoes. And every time he feels compelled to test the TSA. Sometimes, Sam spots them a few points by warning them ahead of time that his shoes have metal.... it got to be a ritual for a while, ending with him throwing his hands up and remarking to the TSA person: "Hey, something's not right here."
Sam also refuses to let TSA separate him from his wallet; he is convinced that it will disappear from the moving belt or that someone will pick it up on the other side if he can't get there quickly enough. His wallet stays buttoned securely into his back pocket. His daughter doesn't even want to know how much money is in his wallet because he never got the memo that America has become a cashless society.
Admittedly, the TSA is right in a way — Sam does know a little bit about planes being used as flying bombs. He was aboard the U.S.S. Idaho battleship during a massive attack on Okinawa on April 11, 1945, when six Japanese kamikazes took aim and dived toward the decks. Anti-aircraft fire took out five of them, but the last one slammed into the port side of the Idaho. The battleship, a veteran of landing after landing in the Pacific, sailed to Guam for repairs and was back in Okinawa four weeks later. Sam still was aboard when she steamed triumphantly into Tokyo Bay on Aug. 27, 1945, and anchored there during the signing of the World War II surrender."
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