Up in the air: Who is torturing whom?

skySandra Mennitto watched a flight attendant torture a passenger for almost two hours on a recent trip from Chicago and Harrisburg, Pa.

Well, not torture in the Zero Dark Thirty sense of the word. But almost as painful, she says.

“A gentleman behind me had a full leg cast,” she remembers. For comfort, he had stretched the affected leg into the aisle. And that’s when the attendant stopped him.

“She talked down to him,” says Mennitto. “She said, ‘Just get it out of the aisle.’ In severe pain, he forced his leg around and held it [below the seat].”
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TSA Watch: Napolitano tries to frighten travelers, but lawmakers tighten her leash

It’s been a wild week, TSA Watchers. There’s so much we could talk about, from baby pat-downs to food hysteria and grounded imams.

But let’s start where we left off last Saturday, with an agency leveraging Osama Bin Laden’s long-overdue demise to freak out the American traveling public.

Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano decided to make it official this week by giving outgoing CBS News anchor Katie Couric an exclusive interview in which she said absolutely nothing but amped up her rhetoric.

A sample soundbite:

The baseline has gone up. You know, when the color coded system was invented, the baseline was still, it was a pre-9/11 baseline. But terrorism threats continue to grow, they continue to evolve and so the actual baseline is elevated.

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