I hate to fly! Besides being deathly afraid of heights, I mainly hate dealing with the crowds and security hassle at the airport. I completely agree that the security in our post 9/11 world are necessary, but it's things like this that make me furious.

This past Saturday (June 23) two planes at JFK Airport had to be called back from the runway and the passengers completely re-screened because -- wait for it -- TSA agents noticed the metal detector was not plugged in!

I wonder how long it took these geniuses to figure out why there were no lights working on the machine before they let two plane loads of people pass through it and board their planes! It's things like this that make me feel less than safe when flying!

The truth is, this is the failure of the most basic level of diligence. How can you expect the public to feel confident of the mission of the TSA if they don’t even know if the lights are turned on?

The TSA only acknowledged that the metal detector experienced a "malfunction!" You know -- the one that comes from not having any power!

This story leads me to ask the question: