The anger continues to build over what you have to go through at the airports this holiday season. Thus far in the growing public debate over enhanced airport security screening techniques, the people against leave-no-secrets body imaging X-Rays and "invasive" pat-downs have taken center stage.
Have you seen the semi-celebrity John Tyner, who objected to a revealing X-Ray screening and then told a TSA security agent, 'If you 'touch my junk, I'll have you arrested' video - hilarious:
The funny thing is that he didn't want to go through the body scanner and he opted for the security check, and didn't like that. Dude, you can't get a halfway security check - I think he definitely deserved not to fly.
A recent CBS News poll indicates 4 out of 5 Americans are in favor of the new screenings.
But, one Florida airport has decided to opt out of these security measures, amid concerns over radiation from scanners, civil lawsuits over pat-downs, and general ineptitude on the part of TSA airport personnel. Orlando Sanford International Airport has announced that it will opt out of the TSA's screening program.
How, you may wonder, can an airport get away with this? Suffice it to say the law is on their side. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, created after 9/11, contains an opt-out clause. Under it, any U.S. airport is free to hire its own private contracting firm to conduct screenings so long as it used Federal screeners for a period of two years.
Listen, I'm all for these "invasive" pat downs. Although, no one I've loved has been on a hijacked plane, I'm all about the security of innocent people. I don't understand why people don't think these security measures aren't necessary.
For example, if something happens during the holiday season, Americans will be so quick to blame the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for not doing enough or not doing their job effectively. These security measures are exactly what we need. Please, touch my groin or grab my butt if it helps save my life before I
board a plane. Did people forget that we had a terrorist that had a bomb
in his groin? No body parts are safe.
I can see why some Americans think, in their hearts, that the airport security is just a big show - form over substance. And, they're becoming impatient with strategies they feel are just there to placate political demands rather the genuine security threats. I get that, but, for some reason, this isn't true. I feel this genuinely is about the safety of innocent people.
The difficult truth is that the threat to commercial aviation continues, and perhaps has grown, since 9/11. Screw the privacy issue, here's a message to the hot male TSA screener, feel free to pat me down, and, if you like, touch my junk a little. I'm all about flying safely. But, I have to warn you, I may charge a baggage handling fee - ha!
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