In the following sentence:
Anyone who has stumbled glumly through a British airport recently, trapped in endless queues, will already know the stench of bogus security hanging heavy in the air. I always knew at some subliminal level that even as my nail scissors were being seized by a censorious official,some monstrous breach the size of the Channel was blithely disregarded elsewhere.
The part which is bold seems incorrect to me. I think it should be "was being blithely".
Although if "while" was used as in, "while some monstrous breach the size of the Channel was blithely disregarded elsewhere", it would have been correct.
How should one ensure parallelism between something which is happening now and something in past which still happens?