“Don’t Touch the Junk – Groping at the airport.
Boy, fliers and airline employees are really getting upset about the new
security procedures at America’s airports. Upon entry, they have two
options…..(1) submit to a body scan, which produces an image of the person’s
body underneath his or her clothes, or (2) submit to a full body pat-down by
a same-sex security employee that probes places ‘where the sun doesn’t
shine’. This examination routinely involves the touching of breasts and
The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) says these new procedures
are necessary because certain items, such as plastic explosives, could
not be detected under the old metal detector system. But Ralph Nader
brings up a good point: “If anyone is going to try to get through, they’re
going to conceal items in body cavities”, Paris Hilton, who admitted that
she concealed drugs in her body cavities when flying, proved this can be easily
One outraged female passenger said that she was changing her plans for
the upcoming Christmas holiday, saying “there’s no way I’m going to let
them grope my children like this”.
A male passenger was ejected from the airport in San Diego when he
turned down the body scan, and then during the pat-down said “if
you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested”.
In my humble opinion, this is just another example of government
overkill. There have been only two or three instances of anyone trying
to bring explosives on board an airplane; and as Ralph Nader points out,
if a terrorist is intent on blowing himself up, he’ or she will just hide the
explosives in a body cavity. To spend billions of dollars, and to subject
millions of fliers to the humiliation of a virtual strip search, is unnecessary
and outrageous in concept.
And look. We can skirt all around it, but what we’re most afraid of are
the radical Muslim lunatics. The TSA already have no-fly lists. In fact,
I believe the name of the shoe-bomber was on a no-fly list, and TSA
failed to notice it. The more practical way to address this threat is to
focus close attention on the no-fly lists, as well as intensified scrutiny
on passengers who flights originated outside the USA, and in particular,
from countries that harbor Muslim terrorists.
My brother and I have talked about flying our 89 year old mother down
to Florida to visit us this winter. This means that she would be subjected
to this new intrusive procedure twice. Mom would be mortified by
having to go through either the full body scan or the pat-down. Now
I don’t know what we’ll do.