Until I have witnessed this new debacle first hand I have been kind of reticent to comment about the security issue. This having been said, hearing all the pundits, travelers, innocents, et al, comment I feel I can’t keep silent any longer.
Having just traveled by air, I seem to have been amazingly lucky not to have come in contact with either the Full Body Scanner Machine nor the full up close and personal pat down. When I hear how invasive the pat down is, I think I am really glad it did not happen to me. If you do not know me personally, you should know this about me, I am no shrinking violet. You see, I am from the North East, NJ in particular, and we women have an opinion and are happy to share it with anyone who is willing to hear it, so if this “pat down” situation should happen to me and get my ire up, everyone in my close environs would know about it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about “our” security, with flying and surviving, but I’m also for our “rights”, especially our 4th Amendment Right. I know the “Government” walks a fine line, but I think they can walk that line a little better! I think the removing of shoes is utterly ridiculous, talk about closing the gate after the horse is out of the barn. How about the laptop out of the bag, can’t the machine see through that bag, it seems to see through all the other bags, hmmm?
As for just about stripping at the airport, really? Now we have the Full Body Scanning Machines, are they necessary? Or could it have anything to do with the Chief of Security under Obama being somehow involved financially with the Full Body Scanning Machines themselves? Isn’t the timing a little off? It’s been almost a year since the problems of the underwear bomber, so weren’t we worried for this whole year…?
Everything involved just seems slightly askew to me. I think we are stomping all over the individuals rights to try to worry about a bomber and I think if a bomber really wants to bomb a damn plane they will. I am not always for being profiling, but in this case, to try to be “politically correct” we are protecting a few peoples feelings for the masses rights. Whats up with that? Unfortunately, to target a certain audience, ie, look at a certain “type” of people, profiling, might hurt their feelings in the short run, but might save a lot of lives in the long run. How come it’s OK to frisk a Catholic Nun in her garb, but the same officials at the airport can NOT touch a Muslim woman wearing her full headdress garb. These same officials have even “touched”children and upset them. How sad. What a crazy, crazy, mixed up world we live in. Come on people, get your priorities straight, target the right source, not the innocents, don’t tie our hands for political, liberal correctness!
(c) Written by Evelyn Garone 11/2010