Keeping Our Skies Safe: Body Scans for Twelve-Year-Olds!

jenny eriksonI must have missed the headline. Could someone please tell me the last time a 12-year-old girl detonated a bomb on an airplane in a suicidal terrorism mission in the name of Allah?

Obviously I missed a story somewhere, because apparently, pre-teens now pose a very real security threat to America.

From the St. Petersburg Times:

A Baltimore family is raising the issue [of body scanners] after their 12-year-old daughter was pulled out of line in Tampa and subjected to what they say was an embarrassing and unhealthy scan. The girl was traveling with an adult friend of the family, not her parents.

"Our daughter was scared and didn't understand what was happening," said Michelle Nemphos, the mother of the girl. She declined to give her daughter's name. "In essence they conducted a strip search on a 12-year-old girl without her parents present to advocate for her."


Or maybe, just maybe, 12-year-olds traveling from one U.S. city to another U.S. city with a friend's family don't pose security risks to our friendly skies.

Here's the thing about those body scanners -- they're optional. Anyone can refuse to be scanned, opting instead for a pat down by security. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that these x-ray body scanners will not improve our security efforts one iota.

Remember the panty-bomber? Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Muslim on the no-fly list, boarded a plane with explosives in his briefs. What about Faisal Shahzad, the New York Times Square would-be-bomber? He almost escaped the United States on one of our planes, despite also being on the no-fly list.

Here's a thought: Why don't we concentrate on actually following the safety procedures we have in place before we spend billions of dollars on body scanners to be used on 12-year-old girls? There is a no-fly list. How on earth are these people getting onto our planes? Let's concentrate on that first.

After we get the no-fly list squared away, how about some common sense? Why are little girls and grandmothers getting patted down at airport security? Why was I taken aside for questioning the last time I flew because I forgot to put the lip gloss in my purse into a quart-sized plastic bag?

I practically had my favorite Bare Escentuals gloss confiscated, was patted down because of it even, yet Abdulmutallab walked onto an airplane with explosives in his undies. I guess he couldn't be patted down. Against his religion, you know.

Body scanners are also against the Muslim religion, which is very strict on nudity and modesty (hello burkas!). Because body scanning is not a requirement, Muslims will, of course, turn it down. Which means that security will instead gawk, oops, I mean strip search, oops, I mean examine the naked bodies of 12-year-olds that don't know they can say no. Boy, there's not really any way I can say that without it sounding wrong, can I?

It's time to put political correctness aside and face facts. Little girls traveling with family friends do not blow up planes. Islamic men on the no-fly list do. Let's fix the foundation of our national security before we start trying to build a naked body scanner on it. Otherwise, the entire thing is just going to crumble into pieces.


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