Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pros/Cons Of TSA Groping Airline Passengers

I was wondering when the America public would finally get their fill of the US federal government invading their privacy every time they fly commercially. That day finally arrived yesterday when a video of the type of treatment millions of Americans are receiving in airports was put on display by a single San Diego traveler - who did not want to be groped or suffer radiation via a full body scanner before boarding an airline flight. Most Americans either from the political left or right have become disgusted with the amount of rights all Americans are forced to give up just to take a commercial airliner from point A to B.

So what are the pros and cons of allowing the TSA to physically and virtually grope millions of US airline travelers each and everyday? While there are many cons to this practice, there is only one reason on the pros side and that is to protect US airline passengers from another terrorist attack like the ones that happened on September 11, 2001. Like with all other events in history, the American people will usually approve of such invasions right after a terrible event happens - but with "911" more than nine years old, good old American rebellion has returned and that in and of itself is a good thing.

The biggest thing on the cons side of allowing the groping of US airline passengers is the huge evasion of privacy that inflicts on the 99.9% of the traveling public who pose no threat to anyone. In usual government style, honest Americans must be put through these invasive searches just to prove that everyone in an airport is being treated fairly. Sadly, the federal government has been stopped by the courts from effectively using profiling as a tool to protect the traveling public. As the holiday travel season gets closer, there will be more protest and disruptions at US airports as infrequent travelers are in for the shock of their lives when a total stranger wants to grope them, before boarding a flight to go home and celebrate the holiday's with friends and family.

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