You need to check your numbers on Congressional retirement and health packages. They have the same retirement and health package as any other federal employee. Which means a 2-term Representative doesn't get any retirement at all - there's a 5 year vesting and then it's based on paying and time in service. And their health plan is just plane jane private insurance. In fact my congressman pays about $50/month more than I do in private industry for the same Blue Cross coverage. Agree about the Athlete's (and entertainers in general) pay to military, teachers, police... All the sweet deal retirement and health benefits went away in 1984-1985.
This is poorly written if you don't know the airport. This is not an issue about refusing a scanner - AUS has no backscatter scanners and as far as I know is not scheduled to get them. And, since the computers were down they would have been in an enhanced security mode. The woman triggered the metal detector and was then selected for an enhanced search - a procedure that's been in place since the beginning if you trigger a detector. If she has a medical device then she should have had the documentation with her. If she didn't then its her fault and she should know that if she's had the device for any amount of time. This sounds like a setup where the woman was trying to exploit the current distrust of TSA. I'm betting she follows with a lawsuit.