Pat Downs, Full Body Scans...The Price To Fly

Images of people being pat down at airports is fueling debate over what security is appropriate at airports and what goes too far.

Images of people being pat down at airports is fueling debate over what security is appropriate at airports and what goes too far.

If you have seen any of the video of the pat downs of people and their private areas you can't help but question how intrusive it is.  And you may even be a little angry that this is what air travel has come to in the U.S. 

The Transportation Security Administration says the pat downs are necessary if people don't want to go through the full body scanners.  Those scanners show an image of your body, which they say is then destroyed.

So what do you think about all of this?  Do you think these security methods are appropriate, do you think they will make airline travel safer, or do you think the TSA needs to revamp the system and come up with something new?

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 22, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    After looking up stories and this new technology, I conclude its only another placebo. It was intended to find the underware type bomber, however, it won't. Depends on how it is worn. This just shows me that the terrorist win again. By subjecting the flying public to humiliation of nudity infront of a stranger. Something muslims are opposed to as well, however its being discussed whethere they will have to go through a scanner or the feel up. So, this really worked. You take a 5 year old girl and dose her with a little radiation of get a TSA to feel her up...Granny gets the same treatment. TSA, did you not consider using dogs like they use in the number one hot bed airport in Israel? This is the ultimate invasion of privacy in this country and that bothers me. I cannot believe that we would allow a security to fondle our children when we teach this is bad and not acceptable. Or let our kids be seen naked on the scanners by a stranger. TSA has failed America.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 05:28 PM
    No way. Flying days are done. I am so tired of this neurotic paranoia that has swept this country since 9/11. Americans are always willing to give a little more of their "liberty" away for the "illusion" of security, the late George Carlin once said. How do we know that the TSA is destroying the records? One more government lie. And if any of you sheeple who fall for this, rally 'round the flag, and actually believe that the only hope for this country is a nasally voiced, near sighted hockey mom reality TV show star with the intelligence of a house plant or a sniveling, half blind, alcoholic fear mongering news host, then you deserve what you get.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    I think we have no way to really know whether it's helping enough to be worth it or not. How do we as citizens get a percentage to consider? For that matter how do they get one? I do know that I don't want to feel like I'm living in a communist bloc country, but we all want to be safe obviously. I think we've already gone past the point of being able to balance the two. It's not like they're going to remove the scanners, & certainly not everyone will want to be handled by a stranger. I also don't want to be subjected to repeat bouts of unnecessary radiation. If I had other choices for the travel I have to do, I would use them. No question. Do they need to come up with something new? YES, absolutely. I just don't know what.
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