It was in all the headlines! Don’t touch my junk! Finally, a passenger had experienced enough of the airport security outrages. The new requirement had now deteriorated to full-body groping by security employees. Can you blame the guy after ten years of being forced to take off his shoes, put everything on a moving belt and walk barefoot through an electronic doorway? And that’s not all.
There was more to the demeaning ordeal. If you looked suspicious, even if you were a child or elderly and in a wheelchair, you had to stand while the screener waved an electronic magic wand all over your body. Meanwhile, a nearby guard was often tossing every bit of clothing from your carry-on bag into the air, looking for forbidden-to-fly items. If you were very lucky and didn’t voice any objections, your possessions were stuffed back somewhat in the neat order they had been when you packed them.
Then, several years later, the magic hand-held wand was replaced by a large body scan contraption that looked through your clothing and showed the airport security staff your entire naked body. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the screeners received new orders from the Transportation Security Agency brass and were instructed to offer passengers a choice of which outrage they preferred.
If you opted out of a full-body security scan, in addition to submitting to naked imaging, you were required to be patted and probed all over your body by a white-gloved screener. If you refused both embarrassing personal invasions, the airport security screeners were now authorized to prevent you from taking your flight. Those new regulations and “touching your junk” are what airline passengers are now all up in arms about.
We’ve come a long way from flying the friendly skies to you’re guilty of terrorism until we decide you’re innocent by groping your genitals. Of course, the American government has the responsibility to protect its citizens from the real terrorists.
Those in charge of security are doing their best to fulfill that obligation. However, we can hope they realize that for every upgrade in the method of airport screening, the terrorists soon will match it with more sophisticated ways of successfully compromising it.
No matter what the threats may be, and they are deadly real, there must be more humane ways to insure security. Their goal should be to provide it for those who just want to travel safely and unmolested to their destinations.