I am the pilot mentioned in the original post. Join me over on the thread, "Ask a Pilot" for general discussion about pretty much everything. You can also check out my facebook page
for more detail on my specific experience with the TSA on October 15th.
If the scans are so invasive and such an abuse there's an easy answer-DONT" FLY! I'd rather not have a person on my flight that is so friggin paranoid they can't submit to a simple body scan. and if you don't have anything to hide you have nothing to fear from being scanned. GET OVER IT.
sonneflwr, your comment belies a very myopic perspective on an issue in which there is much more at stake than the simple question whether someone has anything to hide. In light of your statement, how do you account for the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the state from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures against law-abiding citizens? Why do we need this protection if we have nothing to hide?
The founders of our country understood that the kind of power that would allow government agents to walk up to you or stop you as you move about within your own national borders and dig through your pockets, empty your bags, and even strip search you (virtually or otherwise - it makes little difference) or put their hands on every part of your body at random without probable cause was abusive and would inevitably be turned against the citizens of the free society which they themselves suffered and sacrificed to establish and pass down to us. Imagine how one political party might leverage such power to keep its opponents at bay or silence its critics. Every tyrant who has ever walked the face of the earth has used this kind of authoritarian control to do just that.
You say it's a paranoid leap people are making. Then tell me, if it is legitimate and justified to treat everyone in the airport as a suspect and strip them of their basic rights because somebody might
do something evil there, or because others have done evil there in the past, then what logic prevents this same reasoning from being applied in our shopping centers, Interstates, schools, or places of worship - basically anywhere people gather and where someone might
do something evil, or where someone already has? A much higher portion of violent crimes are committed every day on the streets in the U.S. than in the skies. So why funnel all the money, manpower, and attention toward the already ultra-safe air travel industry? Why not stop people in their cars and strip search them, just in case they're in possession of something the state says they're not supposed to have?
Look, I know airplanes make really big booms when they fall out of the sky. It's sensational, horrific, and terrifying - I get that. But does that mean we have to lose or minds and hand all our rights and liberty over to the state, bleating like helpless sheep, "Save us! Protect us! Here, take our money, our dignity, our freedom - we can't do for ourselves and we have no other hope. We need the higher power of the state to deliver us from evil, and we will submit and serve and obey..." Grow up, you say? I say WAKE UP!
The American people are living in fear. Terrorism rules the day, to be sure. But it isn't being imported from some guy named Haji on the other side of the planet. We're growing it right here on our own soil. Our leaders are using it to lord it over us, knowing that we're too afraid of losing our jobs or being inconvenienced in some way to actually put up any meaningful resistance to their tyrannical overtures.
The air transportation system has been an ideal venue for this little experiment. Many people simply don't travel enough to understand what's happening. Others travel so often they haven't even noticed the surveillance police state slowly creeping up around them. It's one big sociological boiling frog experiment. Just keep turning the heat up slowly enough that the frog cooks to death without ever jumping out of the pot - only we're the ones being cooked, literally in this case. I suggest it's time to jump out of the pot, folks, before your indoctrination becomes completely ingrained and you've been too desensitized to this sort of madness to recognize when you are being exploited and abused, or to understand that you must protect your families and your country from this authoritarian assault.
In the Houston airport, there is a PA that comes over the loudspeakers every 15-20 minutes to keep us all in our place: "Any remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest." I've heard it so many times I'm sure it'll still be ringing in my ears on my death bed. But really? These buffoons at the TSA are clowns. And clowns are funny. How can anyone refrain from making remarks or jokes? The more seriously they take themselves, the more laughable it becomes. The one thing tyrants cannot abide is being laughed at. I say we laugh the TSA right out of business this week
, because losing our rights and liberty is no laughing matter at all!
EDIT: Kate, I apologize if that was too much. SpatialD gets worked up like that sometimes.