TSA: Body-Scan Boycott Would Be a Mistake

Do we want safety or privacy?

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With one of the year's busiest traveling days fast approaching, the Obama administration's top transportation security official on Monday urged passengers angry over safety procedures not to boycott airport body scans. Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole said in nationally broadcast interviews that he understands public concerns about privacy in the wake of the TSA's tough new airline-boarding security checks. But at the same time, he said that a relatively small proportion of the 34 million people who have flown since the new procedures went into effect have had the pat-downs, which have come under withering criticism in recent days. With the Thanksgiving travel rush less than 48 hours away, Pistole implored passengers Monday not to take delaying actions or engage in boycotts of body scans, actions that he said would only serve to "tie up people who want to go home and see their loved ones."

So some of us would rather have a plane be blown out of the sky than stand in a full-body scan? That makes sense. If you refuse that, then you will be heavily patted down, which is offensive but necessary. We'd like to suggest the pat-down over a plane being brought down. What we may have here is a cultural issue. Some of us (black and brown people) are used to being searched and seized for no apparent reason. Others obviously aren't. To them we say, welcome to our world.

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