Jenny EriksonSecretary 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."