Yesterday, the 88-year old and wheelchair-bound former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was subjected to a pat-down by Transportation Security Administration agents while boarding a flight at LaGuardia airport in New York. Mr. Kissinger was forced to rise from the wheelchair, remove the jacket and flash his suspenders to other passengers while undergoing a pat-down.
In a statement to a Rawful News correspondent, the TSA spokesman Sterling Payne had explained the logic behind the actions of the TSA: “The number one priority for the TSA is ensuring that our agents do not racially profile any group. Therefore, for each male Middle Eastern-looking passenger subjected to our pat-down, in a spirit of fairness our agents will force a baby, a grandma, or a former politician in a wheelchair to submit to a search as well. And of course we absolutely realize that grandmas, babies, and Secretaries of State pose very little danger, and that’s why our agents would tend to single them out for the pat-downs. After all, you never know what these Middle Eastern types may have on them, and safety of our agents is our priority number two. Although some may say that an 88-year old man in a wheelchair does not pose a security risk, but that’s what they say about the babies too.” Mr. Payne had declined to explain the specific dangers presented by babies and people in wheelchairs, citing security concerns, but had explained that a string of recent high-profile pat-downs given to undoubtedly harmless passengers fits neatly with the TSA’s third priority, which is raising the awareness of the TSA’s hard work.
“Our number four priority is to prevent all big bottles of liquid from being smuggled onto the flights”, added the TSA spokesman. “Unless you pour that liquid into a several smaller bottles, and then that would make it Ok.” When our correspondent had asked the spokesman how high the safety of the passengers ranks on the TSA’s list of priorities, Mr. Payne had answered that “it might be in the manual somewhere” and promised to get back to us.
As an additional embarrassment for the TSA, none of the TSA agents had recognized the former Secretary of State, who was also the winner of the 1973 Nobel Peace prize. “It is somewhat awkward for the TSA not to recognize such a distinguished statesman, especially in the light of the Administration’s standard policy aimed to identify our influential and famous passengers and provide a special treatment to them. Of course, such prominent newsmakers as Megan Fox or Kim Kardashian would not be subjected to a pat-down but would be asked to pass through a body scanner supervised by dozens of agents.”
When asked whether the TSA agents would at least recognize the sitting US President Barack Obama, Mr. Payne had assured the Rawful News that the agents most likely will. ”He’s some black guy, right?”