Last January I visited my mother in Maine for her 100th birthday. On my return home to California, I was given a very thorough pat down before boarding the plane at JFK International Airport.
The female TSA agent at the Airport was thorough but respectful in checking me over before allowing me to go to the gate for my return flight to Oakland. I was glad she was so thorough. Too often the so-called security checks before boarding a plane seem perfunctory. This one wasn't.
I often wondered if weapons could be smuggled aboard a plane by someone wearing a fat suit, like Eddie Murphy wore in The Nutty Professor. My real fat could have been fake fat with a lot of room to smuggle stuff.
I thanked the TSA agent for being so thorough. She appreciated being appreciated for doing a good but often unwelcome job of checking out passengers for potentially smuggling something contraband or dangerous onto a plane. I asked if anyone had tried using a fat suit to smuggle stuff onto a plane. She said "You'd be surprised what they try to get away with." I didn't follow up on that because I really didn't want to know.
However with this latest airport bombing in Brussels any form of mass transit can be a target and anyone going anywhere can be a victim. So if anyone reading this is planning a trip, or has a loved one planning a trip, be grateful for the TSA agents and tell them to please be as thorough as possible in searching you and everyone else boarding the flight. The more thorough the pat down, the safer you and your fellow passengers will be.