My wife and I are planning to travel from Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport to Chicago’s O’Hara Field today to visit our families for the extended Thanksgiving weekend, but I had serious reservations about making this trip after the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) announced that it would be incorporating new “new enhanced screening procedures” for the holidays. After the announcement was made an organized attempt “to opt out” was sent out over the Internet in an attempt to defy the TSA. What does all this mean?
First of all, what exactly are the new enhanced measures to be used? According to the TSA, nobody will board a plane without a “full body scanner” or an “enhanced patdown.” I always thought this was the case beforehand.
Apparently the only thing I can deduce is that “enhanced patdown” must be the issue here. Since the TSA is not offering any definition of what a “enhanced patdown”is, I guess they can pretty much do as they please.
Let’s remember that the TSA is trying to do what is necessary to make our travel safe. I’m sure the examiners are not going to be groping passengers and enjoying it. When I think about it, I would rather be the gropee, than the groper. Can you imagine doing that all day?
Is this “new enhanced procedure” going to help? I doubt it. If someone is going to put an explosive up an unmentionable orifice, will this be detected? I don’t think so. There is really not much the TSA can do except implement their procedures and hope for the best. What they are really trying to do is buy the public’s confidence by convincing them that travel is safe. Anyone that decides to “opt out” is going to do nothing but create unnecessary delays for the rest of us.
So let’s not be foolish today. Everyone has to abide by the rules in order for things to go smoothly: Don’t let the people that want to terrorize us win.