Two days ago I wrote an article titled, TSA and Meg McLain: The Nazis Make Their Point which generated a bit of interest among readers. One aim of the article was to stir up the ire of the reading public in the hope that there would be a revolt against the TSA. I certainly don’t claim to be the instigator of the current uproar: the TSA has fouled its own nest. That’s the nature of totalitarianism. Like fire, it is never satisfied and so even when a totalist organization holds complete power, it is not happy until that fact is displayed to an awe struck world. Only this is the US of A and there are still a few people who are not awe struck by displays of raw power. There are still people who don’t appreciate having complete strangers see their naked body. There are still American citizens who don’t want to be groped by statist thugs.
Captain Dave Bates, the president of the Allied Pilots Association recently sent a letter to 11,000 union members telling htem to refuse the back scatter screening (naked body scan) and demand a pat down instead, yet, says Bates,
“There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience. In my view, it is unacceptable to submit to one in public while wearing the uniform of a professional airline pilot. I recommend that all pilots insist that such screening is performed in an out-of-view area to protect their privacy and dignity.”
So why put up with it? Are we really under threat from commercial pilots? What is to stop them from crashing a plane on purpose? How will a naked body scan or a TSA groping stop a pilot with ill intent from doing his dastardly deed? It won’t, Mr. Bates. That’s why you should call on the members of the Allied Pilots Association to refuse any TSA screening at all. I think you will have the support from air travelers.
A group calling itself “National Opt-Out Day” (NOOD) are calling on air travelers all over the country to opt out of the TSA’s full-body scans on Wednesday November 24 – one of the busiest travel days of the year. Instead of the naked body scan, NOOD is asking travelers to submit to the new enhanced pat downs. Frankly that doesn’t sound like a very pleasant alternative. Hopefully it will cause such a commotion the Arline industry will get behind the effort to reform or remove the TSA. We should thank God grass roots America is alive and well.