Naked Scanners or Body Groping: Has the TSA Gone Too Far?


jenny erikson
Jenny Erikson
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano reassured us almost a year ago that "the system worked." Her words were in response to the panty bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to detonate a bomb in his drawers on an international flight headed into Detroit, Michigan.

If the system was working so well, why have some intense new screening procedures been introduced by the FTA recently?

Naked body scanners have been popping up in airports all over the country. These machines can literally see through your clothes to your naked body to determine whether or not you're wearing a diaper full of C4. By the way, scientists aren't sure of the medical side effects that may occur to those lucky enough to be singled out for a scan on their way to Toledo.

In addition to the scanners, TSA agents have implemented an enhanced pat-down procedure, which has left many people feeling sexually violated when their "special places" were given some extra attention. Some people have chosen to leave the airport, rather than have their junk groped by a complete stranger.

Even 3-year-olds have been subjected to physical pat-downs.

Is this really necessary? Do a mom's labia and breasts need to be fondled to be sure that she's not a terrorist? Does my toddler really need to take off her Robeez to go through airport security?

When was the last time a mom traveling with an infant attempted to blow up a plane in a terrorist attack? I couldn't find any incidences in the United States.

Meanwhile, while average American citizens are being forced to choose between being seen naked or be groped by the TSA, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has recommended that Muslim women traveling in a hijab forgo the scanners, and only be searched around their neck and head. This is in accordance with their religion, and Janet Napolitano is considering the request.

National security is important. I get that. But no one has the right to ogle or touch my body without due cause. Until a bunch of green-eyed, blonde, twenty-something females start using commercial airliners for terrorist attacks, or I personally act in a suspicious manner, please leave my private parts alone.

Otherwise I might have to sue the TSA for "reverse discrimination."


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Paul Croteau

I agree with you 100% Jenny. There are other ways we can do this. I think we can create jobs and improve our security quite easily. read more here:

After Dark Grafx Webhost

That this happened in San Diego at Charles Lindbergh International airport is not lost on me. I'm with you Jenny, this does not pass the smell test!

Teri Peters

Oops, I was logged into the wrong FB account. That was me above! Teri

Michael Wallace

If people are so concerned about body scans exposing their naked body, the airlines should give them a choice. Every other plane should be scan free. You get to choose. Do you want to get on a plane with no scanning or do you want to get on a plane with complete security? I keep seeing those images of the jets crashing into the twin towers. I don't worry about some guy in a room seeing a ghostly image of me naked.

Lynette Lynette

no way will I allow my children to be scanned or pated down that way.  Same for myself.  If that means I'll never fly again then so be it

nonmember avatar iabc

I am an Indian and stuck in USA,because when I fly back I have to let some one to touch my private parts or go though some scanner which might have side effects.

USA residents are lucky to have choice as most of them drive or never fly outside usa

Karen Petersen

I went through a body scan recently and it was totally FINE. STOP THE HYSTERIA. This is total nonsense. Safety first.
And hey! who wants a pat-down? yuck.

nonmember avatar Lori

My family and I travel often since we're based overseas and I've never encountered any trouble with various scans, searches, etc. My private parts are still private!Frankly, I've never even encountered a rude TSA agent. They're always very kind and considerate and patient with us as we grapple with little shoes, laptops and strollers. I wish I could say the same for other travellers, who are usually the ones that are in bad moods! In my opinion, increased vigilance may not be entirely necessary, but it really is not a big deal. And these days everything runs so smoothly it hardly adds any extra time to your travel schedule.

nonmember avatar Mark

Boycott Flying! Please join us:

nonmember avatar Someone

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

What on earth has happened to this country?

On the flip side, the last time I flew, the pat-down was about as non-creepy as those are capable of being, but still. Argh.

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