There a gathering storm developing over airport screening. some argue the 100% x-ray exposes a person to too high a dose of x-rays. and the x-ray is too revealing. Others argue the opting out to a touch screening is too personal and invasive.
The x-ray does reveal every part of an individual. The touch requires a screener to touch you in you private areas to ensure you are not carrying something that could bring down the plane. The screener is the same-sex as the person being screened. Some argue the very young and old should be exempt.
There is another issue with Baggy Pants. The pants hang so low that touching the inner leg will not reveal anything. in this case the inspector is putting his/ her hands down the inside of the pants but on the outside of a person’s underwear. They then do the inspection for explosives. The solution to this most uncomfortable situation, is not to wear the baggy pants when flying. Remember, it is uncomfortable for both the passenger and the inspector. Let common sense prevail, leave the baggy pants home or packed.
The issue is simple, people have been caught with explosives in their jocks, shoes etc. Children have been used to carry bombs in many countries. With today’s make up, someone in their twenties can pass as someone in their eighties. This was almost successful in a plane traveling to Canada.
What is the solution?
- One possibility is if you object to keeping people as safe as possible, do not travel by air.
- However, the best solution is to adopt the Israeli method of screening. They profile suspected terrorists and target them for additional screening. everyone else is spared these intrusive methods.
This Nation has to stop doing what is politically correct and use common sense in dealing with terrorism. While it is true not all Muslims are terrorists, it is equally true, all terrorists have been Muslim. If a person fits the profile of a terrorist, he/she has to expect additional screening. Yes she, women have been used to deliver bombs. In the long run it will make us all safer and minimize disruption at airports. Remember, they have to be right just one time in a hundred we have to be right 100% of the time.
One final thought, everyone is not happy with the current situation but the same people who are raising such an issue, are the same people who would sue if a relative dies in a bomb blast on an airplane. They would claim the Government and Airlines did not do all they could to prevent it. They would also be the same people screaming that profiling is racial profiling and it is unacceptable.
Can’t have it both ways. either put up with the intrusive screening in the name of “political correctness” or allow common sense profiling.