Saturday, November 20, 2010

$11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

$11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

The Terrorist have won!!! I previously raised concern over these body scanners. To have your body scanned to display your birthday suit is a violation of ones privacy. I know people are arguing that flying is not a right and one gives up the right to illegal search and seizure by purchasing a ticket to fly. Last time I flew to Tempe, Arizona for work I do not recall seeing a disclaimer or a waiver of rights on it. Nor did anything pop up when we booked a family vacation flight for April. So if you decide to opt out of the body scanner the answer is a full body pat down. Really? I understand that Homeland Security is concerned with keeping the airways safe but a full body pat down or scanners is a bit much.

I know profiling is not a politically correct option but let's get serious and rational about this. Profiles are used all the time by the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc to help them determine cases that present themselves. So why not allow profiles to be established for those that fly? I mean if Person A flies from Minnesota to Florida every year at Thanksgiving odds are their intent is not to blow up the plane. Now if Person B flies to and from locations that are hot beds for Terrorist activity then yes pull them out of line and ensure they are not bringing on items to blow up the plane. When did we lose our rational thought process to keeping our country safe? By profiling in this manner will mitigate the racial aspect. In all the pictures of Terrorist that entered a plane that I have seen not once have they been wearing a turban or traditional Middle Eastern garb; rather they all attempted to wear clothing that blended in with the rest of the passengers.

Profiles work and are effective. Prior to scanners going in and money being wasted on their purchase many said that the images would never be saved or uploaded to the internet. Well that is simply not the case as several hundred images have already found their way to the internet. Plus, is it necessary to pat down a Nun or a three year old child? I encourage everyone that will be traveling this holiday season, if you can, to use the bus, railway or drive your car instead of flying. Let's protest in the most Capitalistic manner we can; with our pocket books. Once airlines start losing capacity their high priced lobbyist will pressure Congress and the rules of the TSA will be changed.