Just Say Cheese!

25 11 2010

Much Ado About Something

They certainly are making a big hulabaloo out of the new security procedures at our nation’s airports. I guess it’s time I threw in my two-cents worth. That’s the beauty of opinions-my two-cents has the same value as anyone else’s.

The new whole-body scanners are certainly revealing, showing even the most intimate detail of one’s body-so much for blousing my shirt to hide my gut. But although it would not be my choice to go through them, I’m okay with it-even if I thought the TSA agents were in a back room trading jokes and giggles over my body-shots, as long as it helps keep air travel safer. Notice I said safer and not safe. Everyone knows that in spite of their best efforts, TSA, nor anyone else, is capable of preventing all terrorist activities. Sooner or later they will succeed-again.

Assume the Position

My concern, as is most travelers, isn’t with the scanners so much as it is the pat-down. So far in my frequent travels, I’ve only had to endure the new pat-down procedure once. That one time wasn’t nearly as bad as I had expected it to be and certainly not like some of those horror stories we have read about. It wasn’t like the TSA agent offered me a cigarette afterwards. But, I said that to say this-there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue and many folks are expressing their opinions in some very strong ways. To those who say TSA goes too far, I say we’ve only heard a few horror stories compared to the many travelers going through the procedure. These may be isolated stories and are, hopefully, the exception rather than the rule. To those who say, “let the pat-downs begin”, I say-until you’ve experienced the type of pat-down that some have, then you really are in no position to say if the new procedure should be allowed or not. Let some stranger run his or her hand all the way up your crotch, feeling along your nether regions, and then tell me you have no problem with it.

If we were all the same then it would be easy to implement a procedure that most travelers could live with. But we are not all the same. There are different religions, there are medical conditions, there are people who are extremely modest, to the point of having a phobia about being touched by strangers. There are countless reasons why this new procedure would be traumatic-even beyond anything I have ever experienced. I am unable to speak for those people because I do not know what it would be like for them to experience the new pat-down procedure. I would hate it if I had to experience what some have reported and can only imagine how traumatic it would be.

Limited Options

Our country is at war-plain and simple. The war against terrorism will not be ending anytime soon and we aren’t likely to see a change in people that will allow them to accept or, for some, emotionally endure a groping by an overly zealous TSA agent. Hopefully, a day will come, and soon, when technology will allow us to find a better way to screen passengers without creating the stressful atmosphere we are now seeing. The most effective way to deal with terrorists is to go on the aggressive and root them out rather than wait for the next strike. But for now, we must choose between some level of safety and modesty.

Plan Your Trip

The days of arriving at the airport at the last minute and rushing to the gate to catch a flight are long gone. Before you get to that gate where your plane is parked, you must go through the security screening. If you want to go through without molestation then plan your walk through security the same way you plan your trip. If you will be passing through the whole-body scanner you will be required to empty your pockets-completely, as in everything out of your pockets. You must remove your belt along with other metallic adornments. Have nothing on your person that can be detected by the scanner. Follow instructions of the TSA agents. If you do this then you are unlikely to have to experience the pat-down. Too many people wait until they arrive at the security check point before they begin to ask about the procedure. This slows down the process but also increases the chances of overlooking something in a pocket. Know the procedure before-hand. If you plan ahead then they may still get a peek at your parts, but are less likely to caress your crotch. So, until something changes, empty your pockets, put your hands above your heads, and just say cheese!

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3 responses

25 11 2010
Jackie Garner

HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS ONE BILL….WAS JUST WONDERING WHAT THE NEW NAME OF THE NEXT PARTY WILL BE…..ONCE DEMS AND REPS ARE GONE DO YOU THINK THE NEW PARTY SHOULD BE CALLED IN GOD WE TRUST WILL BRING BACK ALL OF AMERICAS ONCE TRUE CHRISTIAN BELIEFS.ITS GETTING DIFFUCULT WHEN WE WATCH TV AND THE NEWS REPORTS SUCH OUT THERE IDEAS.I WILL PROBLY BACK THE “IN GOD WE TRUST PARTY’ …SOUNDS NICE

25 11 2010
Bill Taylor

Yep, that would be a good name but our society has become too PC to ever allow anything remotely offensive-even among many conservatives. Unfortunately morals world-wide have been in steady decline since the forbidden fruit-the bite that changed history. But THE day is coming! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Larebear!

28 11 2010
Bill Taylor

Thank you for your comment. I hope you continue to enjoy my blog.

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