The news is full of reports of outrage by travelers who are being subjected to pat downs by TSA personnel that many are calling intrusive, insensitive, and even obscene.
Some of the things I am hearing are completely disgusting, including a 61 year old bladder cancer survivor who said the pat down he received was so rough that his urostomy bag broke, covering him in urine, and that he had to board the airplane without having an opportunity to clean up and change clothes.
In another case, a breast cancer survivor, who is also a flight attendant for U.S. Airways, was waiting to board a flight for her job, reported that when an overzealous TSA worker felt her prosthetic breast, she was ordered to take it out to prove what it was.
In yet a third case, a father removed his young son’s shirt after the boy set off the metal detector and required “secondary screening.”
In this day and age, if you are going to be traveling for business or pleasure, you have to expect some inconveniences. I have no problem going through a metal detector, or even a total body scanner. But how far do we take it?
While I think we need to do everything that we possibly can to insure the safety of air travelers, there is no excuse for Americans to have to undergo such humiliation by what may be poorly trained security personnel. Over 20 years ago, I witnessed the hassles a friend of mine who has two prosthetic legs underwent while waiting to board a flight in Seattle. I can only imagine how bad it could be by now.
Okay, how about we inject some common sense into the situation? You know, and I know, the people hijacking or trying to blow up airplanes are not middle aged Americans, or families traveling with children. They are, with a very few exceptions, men of Middle Eastern extraction. But we can’t limit security searches to those people, because that would be racial profiling, and that’s not nice, right?
Bulls*&%!!!! It’s time we stop all of this politically correct nonsense, and just take care of business. If somebody rapes a woman, the cops are going to round up any suspicious males who match the description of the attacker. Is that gender profiling? No, it’s concentrating on the most likely suspects. They don’t detain and question soccer moms and grandmothers, just to make the males they are looking for feel less picked on.
That’s all we have to do for airport security. Make everybody go through a basic security screening, and if they object to that, they either don’t fly or get subjected to a professional search, not being manhandled by some insensitive idiot with the brains of a baboon. If somebody has a prosthetic device or some other special situation, they should tell the screener, and be taken into a private area to confirm that.
And then, exercise some profiling. If somebody matches the profile of the people who are committing terrorist acts, give them the thorough searches that are called for. Sure, we’ll offend and maybe even humiliate a few people who don’t deserve it. But isn’t that better than humiliating every passenger?
Or, do what I do and travel by RV. It’s a lot less hassle, and the only person groping my wife is me!
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