Out of our Pants…

Adnan Gilani

November 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

There has been a storm brewing over the procedures utilized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at American airports; varied  airports have installed backscatter X-ray machines (body scanners), this technology is an advanced form of the conventional X-ray.

The TSA has recently implemented invasive pat down techniques that involve groping of the genitals, which is used as an alternative for those passengers that do not want to be scanned, or for certain airports that do not have body scanners. There are many reports that the TSA has been inconsistently applying their policies, such as the use of a pat down for passengers that have already successfully been screened; consequently some passengers have filed law suits against the TSA.

Congressman Ron Paul has introduced a bill – “American Traveler Dignity Act” that will essentially provide credence for any passengers that opt to file a lawsuit against the TSA.

As Jon noted, it is an unfortunate reality when the issuance of lawsuits are required to alter totalitarian policies.


One Response to “Out of our Pants…”

  1. Kate Chappell
    November 18th, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Something that seems absolutely illogical to me about these security procedures is their reactionary nature. Officials are always catching up, and while terrorists may not be the sharpest tools in the shed (or maybe they are, I’ve never met one), they seem to be particularly innovative when it comes to stashing explosives etc. Shoes! Underwear! Printer cartridges! It’s an interesting evolution. They seem to be a step ahead, and then we are left with the ridiculous consequences of an administration that is seeking to prevent something that has already happened. In any case, I’m traveling by air throughout the US this weekend, wish me luck!


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