Since the new TSA touchy-feely rules are now in effect and the blog topic of the week I thought I’d share a riveting and revealing story that is quickly going viral. This gentleman’s blog post on his fun at the airport has received over 5,000 comments and his calm but brave stand against fairly invasive airport security procedures has made him a Robin Hood for a great many Americans who are just fed up with it all. Pay special attention to the multitude of threats he received and the statements about him ‘giving up his rights’ that pepper the account. Kind of makes you wonder what they would do if entire flights just refused to participate in technological strip-searches and government groping exercises.
Collective action often forces changes in policy. It would just take the American flying public to show some courage and outrage. You can sense we are on the brink of that happening, we’ll just have to see if it does. Especially as we enter the busiest time of the year for airplane travel, we’ll be watching to see if any other ‘incidents’ of this type comes to the public’s attention. We’ve already seen the boycott of the airlines beginning to become a national movement.
After setting my things on a table, he turned to me and began to explain that he was going to do a “standard” pat down. (I thought to myself, “great, not one of those gropings like I’ve been reading about”.) After he described, the pat down, I realized that he intended to touch my groin. After he finished his description but before he started the pat down, I looked him straight in the eye and said, “if you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” He, a bit taken aback, informed me that he would have to involve his supervisor because of my comment.
UPDATED: The TSA is already feeling the heat over the above incident. Perhaps they should be reminded that when you buy an airline ticket you do not give up your Constitutional rights.
TSA Chief Defends Pat-Downs, Addresses John Tyner Complaint but now seems to be taking the aggressive, let’s-make-an -example-of-this-guy because he’s making us look bad approach. See TSA to investigate body scan resister
Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.
Also New Pat-Down Means Touching Flight Attendant Genitals In Public Hmm…nope, it’s still wrong.
Indeed, in Miami, there has been an incident rooted in what many feel is an absolute invasion of physical privacy. A TSA official was beaten with a police baton after he cracked jokes about an employee’s “small manhood.” The employee used the naked body scanner as part of a training exercise.
The Allied Pilots Association opposes the body scanners and has issued a boycott of the scanners because they feel the scanners expose humans to harmful levels of radiation during the screening process.
And of course Israel’s airport security puts our to shame – without pat-downs . They don’t use nude scanners and sex assault pat downs. They actually target those most LIKELY TO BE TERRORISTS, instead.
Across the globe, citizens of Israel and those that routinely fly in and out of the country think we still live in the security stone age.
At Tel-Aviv’s Ben Gurion International airport there are six levels of security and yet passengers’ wait time between arrival at the parking lot and getting to their gate or airline lounge is less than a half hour. It’s the level of sophistication and methods used that make it bearable without body scans and pat-downs.
And finally, we cannot miss the opportunity to point out that far too many people are really having too much fun with this whole issue.