The TSA went to Capitol Hill to demonstrate their new “enhanced patdown” procedures to staffers. It didn’t go over so well:

The comprehensive briefing of House staff, by a TSA deputy, covered everything – the threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, screening procedures, pat-downs (standard and enhanced) – “the whole works,” one House staffer who attended the briefing told POLITICO.

He said that several House staffers were uncomfortable and averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people.

“The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations – male on male, and female on female,” the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes.”

“They shot themselves in the foot,” the staffer continued.

The media has been filled with pundits widely defending the new security procedures.  Matt Welsch says that this betrays the truth that the media is not “liberal” after all, but rather “statist.”   I’d probably use the word “authoritarian,” but agree with the general principle.

When people find out what these “patdowns” really entail, they’re not okay with them.  Public opinion is moving quickly against both the porno scanners and the patdowns.  The TSA just accelerated that process by going up to Capitol Hill and demagoguing terror before collectively embarrassing a bunch of staffers by feeling them up.

As we head toward the giant iceberg, i.e.,  the biggest airline travel day of the year, it’s hard to imagine how John Pistole could be managing this situation any worse.