TSA Screening

TSA Screening

LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
How do you feel about it? Are you going through them this holiday?
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Here's a place to start, to get the ball rolling on discussion.
Porfiriato Porfiriato
The regular travelers I have polled seem not to have problems with it, they're just glad to know they'll be safe. It seems to bother people who fly infrequently or not at all the most.
Shaelote Shaelote
Originally posted by LavenderSkies
How do you feel about it? Are you going through them this holiday?
To be honest, I'm not entirely certain I'd feel safer from these "improvements". There are ways that have been proven to slip through both of the new methods, and UCLA has made several reports about the scanners. :/
Alura Une Alura Une
For a while, I had a little war going after the "enhanced pat-downs" re-kindled the scanner discussion. I was writing everyone I could think of and everyday--TSA, the White House, ACLU and so on. I was going to news article message areas and where people where whining, I told them as best as I could what to do. People were blaming the left, the right. I think I seen people on the right trying to blame the usual suspects but I am pretty left and I seen plenty of people more left of me on the side against the TSA (Which I believe was started by Bush Jr.). Things are so simple. I became pretty exhausted dealing with the comments, writing, defending certain groups of people...I was proud, though--I'm just a homemaker, I felt like I was doing something. :/

When the scanners uproar started, I was horrified, but no one cared too much. I got tired of phrases that were used over and over--"I don't want to get blown up!" Was one I especially hated. I could not believe so many people were going along with this. I felt so alone. I felt like a part of another world since after 9/11. I didn't get swept up in some varieties of thinking that popped up after. Maybe I didn't change enough in a changed world. I was not willing to do some things that others seemed ready to do for "safety". I didn't feel like the measures were aimed right, I didn't feel willing to give up freedoms (We DO actually have a right to fly.). I didn't feel the terrorism threat was as bad as people seemed to think. I didn't think it was worth giving up the right to my body and privacy to fly to places I cannot reach by car or train--the only places I have been waiting to fly to for a decade of saving up. So please do not suggest I take those methods. I am the sort that is scared of doctors, I don't go to the beach in a swimsuit for all to see. Being seen through a scanner and possibly being felt up feels like too much for me. I felt panic thinking about it. People roll their eyes, but remember--what is bad for you might not be bad for me. I won't often roll my eyes at you. I want something we can agree to.

There is so much more I could say. The cost of the machines, the people behind them worries me. The possible danger in them (Though I think they aren't so bad for most of us.) bothers me a little. I don't feel like these things will be stopping dangerous people so much as people would like to think. I don't feel that much safer now.

I vowed to not fly until things change. It's been 10 years. I could wait longer. But the wait is becoming painful. There are places I long to go to, people and things I want to see.

Very recently I read a list of airports around the world where scanners are now. I suspect it has a lot to do with the opinions of the U.S. (Did I see that some airports only scan people flying to the U.S.?). I felt pretty down, I felt my fight became pointless. I might have to deal in foreign airports. But when I can, I will speak against them as I don't want them here.

I have been in plenty of arguments, it's a sensitive topic. We are talking about our safety. But I doubt I can be moved. This is how I feel. My body and my privacy are two things I hold very sacred.
Beaners Beaners
Doesn't bother me, in all honesty. I've gotten more thorough pat downs from some of the heavy metal concerts I went to in high school. Not particularly concerned. Call me a mindless zombie sheep, I just don't care.
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