The statement was not a polite version of the original. It offered additional information.
You may not see any problems with it, nor agree with the article's assertions. That is your choice. Equally the "dick" is allowed to tell them it is none of their business - though I think my (slightly more) polite version would be better.
The security theater was introduced after 9/11, for whatever real reason, and I think it would be really difficult to find evidence of the public actually asking for it. It's strange you claimed it did.
It's pretty difficult to believe it makes anyone feel safer, and if it does, it's comparable to believing in "change you can believe in".