Yesterday, we learned that an entire California airport went into extreme security lockdown, and two airport security guards fainted and were rushed to the hospital because a man brought honey to the airport. Today, we’re learning that something even sweeter is also regarded as a threat to Homeland Security.
It turns out that Homeland Security launched into a full Code Orange Alert because a man wanted to kiss his honey. Seriously: That’s what a Newark airport security crisis turned out to be about in the end. A man walked the wrong way down a hallway because he wanted to kiss the woman he loves just one more time.
In spite of the discovery that the incident was completely harmless to anyone, except for possible contagion of the woman with cooties, politicians and pundits are still expressing outrage. Sure, they say, it was all just about a kiss, but do you know what could have happened? Do you realize what the consequences could have been?!?
By golly, yes, I understand the consequences. In this dry winter air, that man’s lips might have gotten chapped. Thank goodness the Department of Homeland Security is on the job, protecting us from this menace.
Seriously, when the government’s security measures result in a kiss being interpreted as a national emergency, a potential terrorist threat, it’s a sign that the obsession with security has gone much, much too far. I thought we were going to leave this nonsense behind when George W. Bush went back to Texas. I guess you can’t get the frightened smell of Texas out of the White House so easily.