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Airport passengers are disturbed by the TSA's "nude" scans of adults and children alike. But they're even more repulsed by the idea of being groped by TSA agents under the stricter "enhanced" search procedures.  (Source: Corbis)

Terrorists' new tact of smuggling IEDs in their anal cavity may force the TSA to adopt even more intense search "enhancements".  (Source: World Net Daily)
The public is not happy about increasingly invasive "enhanced" searches and scans

Imagine if you saw this job posting on Craigslist: 
Wanted: A person with good attention to detail and willingness to work long hours.  Your daily tasks will consist of viewing people naked all day, including children.  You will also be asked to pat down the private regions of men, women, and children on a regular basis.
It sounds ludicrous, but that's essentially the job duties of the average Transportation Safety Administration worker at an airport these days.  And it's exactly why the public is outraged and planning an unprecedented, if poorly organized protest for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Prepare to be Searched

In response to the ever imaginative attempts of terrorists, the Obama administration is rolling out mass deployment of the scanners, which show nude images of passengers.  And those who refuse scans undergo much more invasive searches. 

Some passengers are reporting that TSA officers reached into their undergarments, groping their private parts.  Reports one woman, "The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around.  It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate."

While there's supposed "protocols" protecting against such gross violations of privacy, there's little in the way of oversight it appears.

Similarly body scanners supposedly can't store or transmit images -- but that might not line up with reality.  However, the U.S. Federal Marshalls recently admitted in a court case that they secretly stored tens of thousands of nude scans of passengers, including, likely, children.  The TSA continues to claim that it's impossible to store images.

The public is not happy about these developments.

Poorly Organized Protests

Growing public outraged has fueled some to propose "National Opt-Out Day".  Some people are proposing going to the airport dressed in protest T-shirts and kilts even.  Rather than agreeing to body scans, they plan on demanding that TSA officers perform "enhanced" pat downs in a bid to delay flight times and press the point.

Robert Shofkom, a 43-year-old Georgetown, Texas native is among those planning on wearing a kilt in protest.  An IT specialist by profession, Mr. Shofkom remarks, "If you give them an inch, they won't just take in inch. Pretty soon you're getting scanned to get into a football game."

Some people have even passed out fliers or brought protest signs to the airport.  The fliers carry messages like, "You have the right to say, 'No radiation strip search! No groping of genitals!' Say, 'I opt out.'"

If enough people are convinced, it could just work.  A scan takes only about 10 seconds.  But a pat down can take four minutes or more.  If a significant portion of passengers opt for pat downs it could seriously delay flight times.

The protesters join America's largest pilot unions, which have boycotted the full-body scanners, which they say pose a small, but substantial cancer risk.

At present, the efforts seem rather poorly organized and ineffectual -- flights have remained on schedule and wait times have been remarkably low at around 10 minutes at many major airports.

Still the protests are clearly catching the public's attention, as evidenced by the "Don't Touch My Junk!" video which went viral.  In that video an Oceanside, Calif., man named John Tyner told a San Diego airport TSA official, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested."

TSA Tells Public Not to Resist

The TSA has admonished the protest efforts.  Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole, speaking on ABC's Good Morning America said that protesters are hurting the public, stating, "I just feel bad for the traveling public that's just trying to get home for the holiday.  [The TSA screeners] just want to get you through."

The agency has increased its staff count, bracing for potential protests.  And it's urging the public to comply with its nude scans and pat downs.

What's Next?

With increasing privacy violations at the airport, the hot topic on many people's minds is -- where will the TSA stop?

There's been growing speculation about terrorists trying to smuggle explosives by inserting them in their rectum.  A Saudi suicide bomber already smuggled a bomb in his anal cavity.  A terrorist, in theory could smuggle a bomb onto a plane in their anal cavity and then remove it and detonate it.

Current generation scanners are likely not capable of detecting low-density explosives inside the anal cavity.

If such an attack is attempted, the TSA may have to opt for even greater "enhancements" to its already intimate screening protocol.

And in reality there's probably plenty of vulnerabilities that haven't been thought of.  What is clear is that the public likely faces a choice between continuing to give up their freedoms or drawing a hard line now and resisting the current protocols.

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By Karma007 on 11/24/2010 2:23:32 PM , Rating: -1
Mick took the pic down. Go figure.

I got the stat from the AP. I don't have a link, but you can Google it if you want.

Still, no one has answered the question: if an underwear bomb had gone off in American airspace and 200 citizens were killed, how would you feel about pat downs?

Anyone? Bueller?

By mdogs444 on 11/24/2010 2:26:09 PM , Rating: 2
Still, no one has answered the question: if an underwear bomb had gone off in American airspace and 200 citizens were killed, how would you feel about pat downs?

Perhaps your asking the wrong question. Instead of groping our own citizens on our own land...we should be groping citizens of other countries who want to come onto our own land.

Then we wouldnt have to worry about either one, would we?

By Karma007 on 11/24/2010 2:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
No, that is the right question. People's feelings about security in the U.S. changed after 9/11. They would have changed again if an underwear bomb had exploded.

As for your question, that depends on other countries security measures. The U.S. has no direct control over passenger screening on outbound flights to the U.S. Only indirect control.

By mdogs444 on 11/24/2010 2:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
As for your question, that depends on other countries security measures. The U.S. has no direct control over passenger screening on outbound flights to the U.S. Only indirect control.

I disagree. The U.S does not have to allow the flight, much less the people on board, to enter the country at all. So to say that we cannot screen all the fliers of any flight coming INTO the U.S is completely false.

We may not currently do it, but it does not mean that we can't.

By Karma007 on 11/24/2010 2:26:55 PM , Rating: 1
As an add-on:

Of course it would be great to have nothing to slow you down when flying. Grab your bags, give your ticket to the flight attendant, get on the plane, and go.

Is that the world we live in? No.

Will security measures change? Sure.

Deal with it or drive a car.

By mdogs444 on 11/24/2010 2:34:53 PM , Rating: 5
Hey if you want a cheap rub & tug from a non educated bag handler, go ahead and get one. If you want to jump into some radiation contraption go ahead. I don't believe for one minute that its as safe as they say - especially coming from the same nitwit liars that told us the machines were incapable of saving images, do not save images, and have no way of making images available....then they end up on the internet. I don't believe a damn thing they say.

I, for one, believe in the freedom of privacy and am not willing to sacrifice it because YOU think I should. I'm also not willing to be a sheep and going through groping that the person who sets the policy does not have to abide by. Do what YOU want to do, but YOU dont get to tell everyone else how to feel or act

By mdogs444 on 11/24/2010 2:45:47 PM , Rating: 5
^ Liberal Elitism

By ClownPuncher on 11/24/2010 2:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's Progressive Elitism. The ol' Liberals don't want their balls scanned either.

By weskurtz0081 on 11/24/2010 3:26:44 PM , Rating: 2 the future...

Then... don't go to the football game, watch it at a bar or at home! Then, don't take the train, drive! Don't go to the baseball game. Don't go to the basketball game. Don't go to the soccer game.

How about just don't live in fear because the odds of you dieing due to terrorism are about the same as being struck by lighting.

By myhipsi on 11/25/2010 11:45:09 AM , Rating: 1
Definitions of Terrorism:

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce
The the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism

Terrorism is effective because of people who think like you.

By weskurtz0081 on 11/24/2010 2:48:35 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe I don't want to be subject to additional radiation, maybe my children have the potential for melanoma, maybe I don't want a stranger touching my children like that.... maybe my children don't want a stranger touching them like that....

Do you honestly think no one has a valid complaint, your thought on this is the only one that's right, and everyone else should just shut up about it?

By weskurtz0081 on 11/24/2010 2:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
If a terrorist had a shoulder fire rocket and took out an airplane after it took off... if a terrorist blew himself up in a football stadium... if a terrorist had plastic explosives up his butt and blew it up on a plane...

Tell me this, when was the last time a terrorist blew up a plane with explosives?

By fic2 on 11/24/2010 4:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
They don't even have to blow up a plane. Just get in a security line at the airport and blow themselves up when they are in the middle of it. Probably kill a couple of hundred people and shutdown every U.S. airport while the TSA tries to figure out how they can send someone to your house to do a pre-airport grope.

Or pack an 18-wheeler with explosives and detonate it as they crash through the front of the airport.

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