Excellent article, very well-written. Permit me to make some comments:
1) this is the classic argument for, at least, federalizing the oversight of airport security screening. There are too many differences from airport-to-airport, and for that matter, from airline-to-airline within an airport. Their magnetometers can be set up differently (some more sensitive than others), I know that certain items containing metal (beepers, rings, belt buckles, etc) can make through some metal detectors, yet not through others. There needs to be a uniformity, a standardization if you will, of the entire screening process, from the personnel to equipment to sensitivity of equipment to oversight and regulation.
2) from what I see in his article, he does have a case for harassment. I can sort of see a reason for the National Guard's reaction (being their first day on the job being the primary one), but they may have gone a little overboard.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina