Okay, I've read article after article over a three day period. I tried to ignore "The TSA Bad Touch" stories that are on news outlets large and small. OH BUT I CAN'T! If you opt out of a full body screen, which emits radiation harmful to frequent travelers, the TSA gets to grope your genitals? Say it isn't so! Okay look, the TSA is just trying to do their jobs but the policy is ludicrous. Can't there be another way? We already scan our shoes, carry-ons, and are not permitted to bring bottles of liquids larger than a couple of ounces on board. What more can there be? If you are that convinced there are bombs in people's panties, can't we just bring in the bomb sniffing puppies?
I comply happily with the TSA when I travel because I want to live like most people who aren't sick suicidal terrorists. Will I comply with this? Yes and no. Yes in the way that I'm not going to refuse to get a body-scan or even pat down... No because I won't have to refuse. I am limiting flying altogether. If it's in a 24-hour driving distance and not required by work, I am not flying. Next years meeting is in Orlando... I can easily drive if I am asked to attend and we'll just stay an extra day or two so it's me driving on my personal time. Or, if push comes to shove, I WILL fly and get the body scan because it's not often I fly for work anyway. Have you seen the body scans though? I mean pretty intrusive stuff. I am afraid I'll be laughed at because my last c-section left my stomach uneven and I am big so it's really obvious. :(
What infuriates me though, what really upsets me is this: Muslim women are being encouraged to opt out of the whole ordeal. WHAT?!?! No offense to the moderate Muslims, but aren't Muslin extremists (all 5% of ONE BILLION of them) the reason our air travel is like this? Let's see. Things really got intense after 9/11 - caused by Muslim extremists. Worsened by underwear bomber - Muslim extremist... Oh, remember the shoe bomber? Muslim extremist. Sure there are extremists in every religion but no other religion is opting out of this. So spare me your religious dress cries. Christianity calls for modesty too. You think Jesus wanted women to have their bodies exposed to random TSA agents who may or may not have lewd or inappropriate thoughts? No!
Either everyone gets violated or no one does. For now, it looks like driving is a less invasive option.