Senator Craig and the Behavior Detection Officers
…airport police Sgt. Dave Karsnia, who was investigating allegations of sexual conduct in airport restrooms, went into a stall shortly after noon on June 11 and closed the door.
Minutes later, the officer said he saw Craig gazing into his stall through the crack between the door and the frame.
After a man in the adjacent stall left, Craig entered it and put his roller bag against the front of the stall door, ”which Sgt. Karsnia’s experience has indicated is used to attempt to conceal sexual conduct by blocking the view from the front of the stall,” said the complaint, which was dated June 25.
“Idaho Senator Says He Did No Wrong.”
My first thought on hearing this was that Sgt. Karsina clearly flies less than I do, because there’s no other place to put your bag other than against the stall door, and important TSA security advisories tell you not to leave your luggage unattended.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m worried about the police in our airports. They just might not have enough to do. Odds are good that Karsina was deployed to the airport to watch for terrorists, and other serious threats. That there were no visible terrorist threats makes it easy to re-deploy him to things that people might be complaining about, like perverts in the bathrooms.
When we add additional “behavior detection officers” (“that’s right, your honor, he was behaving”), what’s going to happen? They’re going to detect freaks and hippies and peace protesters.
A major problem with secret rules is that they tend to come to reflect prejudices of the day, like gays. A problem with very low frequency problems is that it’s hard to stay focused on them, rather than the pervs in the bathroom.
It seems odd to me that people have sex in airport bathrooms. You have to go through security to get there, other people will be walking in. But if there are complains of people having sex in the bathroom, the right solution would be to have a bathroom attendant, not a cop. (As Kip Esquire points out.)
[Updated: struck the word “self” before “important TSA security advisories” and corrected “Senators” to “perverts.” Emergent Chaos apologizes for the chaos.]