TSA Controversy– Felt Up or Pat-Down?

touch my junk t-shirtOn November 13th at San Diego International Airport, John Tyner was preparing for a flight to South Dakota with his father-in-law.  When informed at security that he was set to go through a full-body scan x-ray machine– which reveals a person’s complete anatomy without clothing – he opted out, and also rejected the option of a full-body pat-down. On Tyner’s blog, he explains the event and his feelings about it – maintaining that such procedures was a personal violation, and also said to a TSA agent, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.”

The event that transpired involving Tyner, the TSA agent and several security officials at San Diego airport unfolds a larger and controversial issue at hand – are these intrusive measures from the TSA (and ultimately, the government) an important safety precaution, or are people who fly being subject to a major invasion of privacy?

Decidedly, people across the country are reacting, citing health and moral issues. Currently on Facebook is a “National Opt-Out of the Airport Scanners Day” page, scheduled for November 24th, one of the busiest travel days of the year. It has more than 4,000 followers and growing. A group of New Jersey legislators asked Congress to ban the use of full-body scanners. And people are expressing their support or rejection of the idea with designs on t-shirts, mugs, and more.

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5 Comments
  1. Americans didn’t know they had such a fervent opinion about whole-body scanners until a few well-placed, read-as-written news items teased them into an ecstasy of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.

    And the TSA didn’t know they needed to grope you twice up each crevice of the inner thigh until a paid consultant fed them the requirement as part of a “tiger team” test of security.

    So congratulations all you no-nuke, no-grope rebels — you’re being obscenely manipulated before you even reach the security station.

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