The American Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently implemented screening procedures that some members of the public consider unreasonable and intrusive. I’m curious about what you think of these measures. Answer the questions below in the comment thread, and add any other thoughts you’d like to share and discuss.
- Would you submit to a full-body imaging scan?
- Would you submit to a full-body pat-down search?
- Do you find either of these measures personally invasive?
- Do you find both of these measures personally invasive?
- Do you find both of these measures equally invasive?
- Do imaging scans enhance airline passenger safety?
- Do pat-down searches enhance airline passenger safety?
- Are there other measures that airlines should take, in addition to these, to enhance passenger safety?
- Are there other measures that airlines should take, instead of these, to enhance passenger safety?
- Will these security measures make you more or less likely to fly in the future?
I’ll share my thoughts in an update to this post. Before doing that, though, I’d like to hear from you. I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours.
– the chaplain
UPDATE: Here’s the update I promised last week.
I don’t fly often, but, should I choose to do so while these procedures are in place, then I will choose the scan over the grope, as I feel that it is the less invasive of two distasteful procedures. Treating all people who purchase airline tickets as terror suspects grossly contradicts such ideals as “innocent until proven guilty,” and the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. I doubt that either the scans or the gropes enhance passenger safety significantly and see both measures as being poorly played “security theater,” rather than serious anti-terror measures. I already fly as little as possible, perhaps once or twice a year, and will continue avoiding air travel as long as the American government considers ridiculous measures like these effective deterrents against terror.
There may be some who don’t realize it yet, but the USA lost the War on Terror years ago. If I were Osama Bin Laden, measures like these, color-coded terror alerts (the Washington DC area has been Code Orange for nine years), searches of fans entering sports arenas and museums, and other ridiculous measures would have me howling with mirth. Every time Americans do things like this, we demonstrate that bin Laden won the psychological war against us.
Do I feel less secure today than I did on September 10, 2001? Certainly. But, I refuse to treat all those around me as potential murderers. It’s too bad the American government isn’t doing more to help me sustain that attitude.