Back in 1980, Charlie Daniels sang "just go and lay your hand on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and I think you're gonna finally understand" as an expression of righteous American anger.
Nowadays you can't even get your Terrible Towel into Heinz Field without getting groped like a drunken prom date by some low-rent mall cop with a metal detector.
From the same era, here's how American theatergoers were treated to a glimpse of the indignities of Soviet society in the 1982 Clint Eastwood Cold War era thriller, Firefox:
The TSA agents from my flight experience at Indianapolis International last year would snicker behind their hands at such light-handed, un-intrusive decorum, and I'm given to understand that Indy's new airport is actually one of the better ones in this department.
If you are old enough to remember air travel pre-9/11 and could watch that scene without throwing up a little in your mouth, I'm not sure we're even speaking the same language. I mean, look at Clint's character in Sheremetyevo Airport in 1982, bowing up with indignation at being treated in such a fashion! At O'Hare or LaGuardia of 2011, his fellow Americans behind him in the queue would tell him to shut up and stop being such a big baby because he's holding up the line.
Oh, and as an added bonus, the TSA seems bound and determined to make every form of travel as safe and hassle-free as they've made air travel.