Submitted by Anonymous
What is all the fuss about increased security measures in airports? “What a privacy invasion.” “I don’t want anyone seeing me naked on the scanner.” “Being patted down is disgusting, I don’t want someone else’s hands on me.” The response to all of these statements is simple: THEN DON’T FLY. I have even heard people say such silly things as “I’m sure there are other ways to increase security.” Really? And what would those be?
We practiced the honor system of security from the inception of air travel until September 1970, when Palestinians threatened to destroy four hijacked airplanes, two of them American. In response to these events, President Nixon placed sky marshals on some flights to deter hijackers. Sky marshals couldn’t be on every flight, though, and the hijackings didn’t end. Clearly these hijackers and the generations of terrorists after them did not get the memo about honor. Over the past 30 years, airport security has increased incrementally, including people and baggage searching, and even asking “Has anyone unknown to you asked you to carry an item on this flight?” It occurs to me that if that question has to be asked, then that situation has presented itself before. What person would accept something from a stranger? I can’t even imagine how that might go. “Excuse me ma’am, could you please carry on this child’s toy? Pay no attention to the skull and crossbones on the vial of green liquid, or the wires connected to the timer that’s counting down to zero.”
If you feel that your right to privacy is greater than someone else’s right to breathe, exist in one piece or live, that’s wonderful and I want to honor your right. Please sit in your living room and enjoy complete and full privacy from the prying eyes and invasive hands of the TSA screeners while the rest of us comply with whatever measures will keep air travelers safe from harm.
Until next time…