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.
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.