Got freedom fondled today, now where there is a blueshirt "judgment" I seem to be selected 100%. I think they are selecting single male travelers -- a lady with big metal chain got THREE opportunities to try to go through the metal detector, while I did my requisite opt-out. The thing that struck me this time was the sheer number of blueshirts in the terminal. Two by the escalator, a BDO, two ticket takers, and a zillion standing around the checkpoint. I counted 24 at a small-ish terminal. Which leads me to the link of the DHS budget, interesting reading for those interested. http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_reports&docid=f:sr396.110.pdf The TSA budget starts on page 56. 5+ billion dollars poorly spent. Does anybody have links to the number of blueshirts, etc. that we could amass? Any anecdotes regarding number of blueshirts -- I'd say at my home airport it has doubled in the past 3 years. It used to be a really pleasant travel experience.