These was been a tremendous level of whining and hysteria in the media about are new TSA security checks. Travelers and some media personnel seem to be having heartburn with two things the TSA has recently introduced to improve security for us, the travelers – namely:
- Full body scanners
- Enhanced pat downs
There is one and only one reason for these measures – our safety. I don’t know about you but I fly a lot and want to be safe on my flights. Unfortunately the terrorists have other intentions. As the undie-bomber proved, air travel is the soft under belly of our security cover. While it may be easier to place a bomb in a UPS package, the psychological and economic impact of a terror strike on a passenger plane will be extremely disruptive. Hence, the terrorists interest in breaching our security.
So, if I have to choose between subjecting me and my family to extensive security, including full body scans and pat downs, and flying safely, I am all for safety.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not for giving the TSA or any other government agency a free pass on how they treat passengers. It has to be within reason and with oversight. They are humans and we are giving them tremendous power and subjecting our privacy to their discretion. There will be those who will misuse it. But let’s not vilify the entire TSA and their hard work to keep us safe because of the potential of some pervert ogling at an x-ray quality image. Let them keep us all safe.
My final tip to people not wanting to be groped, go thru the scattergram machine. No one cares how you look thru your clothes. Especially if you have had a head start on overeating the Thanksgiving food. And don’t have anything on you that will trigger an alarm. In all the years I have been traveling, I have never tripped a metal detector alarm. And yes, I have never been patted down, before or since the enhanced patting.
Fly safe and thank the TSA agents for doing their jobs. Despite what all the noise and pushback may make it sound like, what they do is their job…
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