Sunday, November 28, 2010

There has been quite an uproar recently concerning the Transportation Security Administration's decision to implement the full body scan and the one on one pat down at our nations airports.
I for one don't have a problem with any of it, but I do understand the concerns some people have.
Sort of.

I'm following this story just out of curiosity, sort of a look into the minds of people and what pushes their buttons.

From what I gather so far, it's not the added inconvenience at the airport that has people miffed, but the fact that the full body scan and the pat down are, well, awkward.
Do you know what else is awkward?
Getting blown out of the sky at 30,000 feet.

When we go to the doctor, he or she does a pretty thorough exam. He or she is touching this and that, and while it may sometimes be awkward, we do it, because it's the smart thing to do.
It's pretty evident that we need more strict security measures at our airports. If you watch the news at all, you know what I mean.
I suggest you just address the TSA employees as Doctor. It will make you feel much better.

I was going to google "breeches of security at airports" to give you some examples of why these security measures are needed, but I'm paranoid and I figured a red light would start flashing in some FBI office located in a corn field in Omaha Nebraska the minute I clicked on the search button.

So, you go into this full body scan booth, fully clothed and they take a picture of your body which some low paid TSA employee sees on a screen that has the resolution capability of a 1955 RCA black and white TV. You leave the booth fully clothed. No one saw you naked.
What is the problem. If that stops some idiot radical from carrying explosives onto my plane, well, just get in the darn booth.
It's no picnic for the person monitoring the screen. Haven't you heard, we have an obesity problem here in the states.

Many of the people who disapprove of the full body scan won't think twice about going to the beach wearing a bikini that consist of nothing more than string for the bottom and about 2 oz of material for the top. See what I'm saying. I don't get it, but I'm having fun watching the circus.

I'll give you this. The TSA, once again over reacted and didn't think this touchy situation through. They could have picked a better time to institute their new, obviously awkward policy. To put it in effect only a few weeks before one of the busiest travel days we have, wasn't the best idea. Also, there is software available and in use in Europe, that turns the image of that particular persons body into a generic manikin shape, so no one is offended.The TSA is looking into this software in response to the uproar. Maybe they should have done that first. Just saying.

It is what it is. You can't fight it. The craziness that is our world today, deems it necessary for all these precautions. There's no getting around it. I want to fly in a safe plane. If it means doing cartwheels through the scanner while singing show tunes, then so be it.

I saw on the news today a video of a woman, who wore nothing but a skimpy bikini as she walked through the scanner. No full body scan or pat down needed. Hilarious.

I'll be flying home in three days.
I'm going to do extra push ups in the mean time because I'm choosing the full body scan.
Bring it on.


cschneider said...

Couldn't agree more, I'd rather be poked and looked at then let some radical blow me and my family from the sky. Great post and good point!

Jerral Miles said...

I like your doctor visit analogy... and a reminder that being blown out of the sky at 30,000 feet is awkward. For all the reasons you mention, I don’t have a problem with the body scan or the pat down. ...and I doubt airports will have people stampeding to get a job looking at digital images of all shapes and sizes of people... all day long, or to do pat downs. Again, your writing is great. I enjoy every sentence.

Alison said...

I'm with you Mark. You make so much sense - once again!

slommler said...

I recently flew and did the full body scan! No biggy!!! I don't want to be blown out of the sky either!! Stupid terrorists!!

Karen said...

I have no problem with it, and I'm not quite sure why others do. Better to be safe than sorry, too many radicals out there.

Excellent post.. you oughta be in papers :-)

beth said...

i agree with you.....the full body scanner, no problem. but honestly, a full body pat down by my doctor is acceptable and expected !
a full body pat down by an hourly employee who gets to rub their hands under my boobs and then touch my inner thighs way too close to my crotch and then laugh about all those body parts they patted down, later in the break room with the other TSA agents who start off with lines like, "well my guy was so fat my hand got stuck"
ummmm...NO frickin WAY....

Melinda Owens said...

It's the nature of the beast. I looked up images today of the full body scan, just to get an idea. I have to admit, it's a little disturbing, but then again, it is what it is. I'd much rather endure that (and really, what's to endure?) than a full-body frisk. Unless the frisker goes by the name of Bruce Willis. Or Denzel Washington. Or maybe Sean Connery. Jude Law is pretty okay, too.