Poll Question: TSA Screenings & Pat-Downs

Image from a TSA body scan.
Image from a TSA body scan.

The explosive devices found aboard several cargo planes earlier this month led the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration to put into place a more intense level of security checks upon passengers at airports. Some feel that it is a violation of one's privacy; others consider public safety worth the slight inconvenience of being searched.

The issue prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan / sheridanmedia.com poll question: “Are the new full-body scan and pat-down procedures implemented by the TSA appropriate security measures?”

Let us know what you think. Cast your vote here: http://www.sheridanmedia.com/pol... and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in this Friday morning at 9:10 to hear the results on the Jackson Electric Open Line program, at NewsTalk 930 KROE.

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As currently used in U.S.

As currently used in U.S. airports, the new full-body scanners fail all of Alito's tests. First, as European regulators have recognized, they could be much less intrusive without sacrificing effectiveness. For example, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the European airport that employs body-scanning machines most extensively and probably make or save some quick cash loans on it, has incorporated crucial privacy and safety protections. Rejecting the "backscatter" machines used in the United States, which produce revealing images of the body and have raised concerns about radiation, the Dutch use scanners known as ProVision ATD, which employ radio waves with far lower frequencies than those used in common hand-held devices. If the software detects contraband or suspicious material under a passenger's clothing, it projects an outline of that area of the body onto a gender-neutral, blob-like human image, instead of generating a virtually naked image of the passenger. The passenger can then be taken aside for secondary screening.

TSA screening

Enhanced screening does not make flying safer. Last year's Christmas bomber would have been caught IF intelligent leads were properly investigated. He was on several watch lists and his father called authorities with warning about his travel plans. As a frequent traveler I find airport screening intrusive and unnecessary. I have not seen any significant changes in security in recent travel, but because of some airports TSA policies I have canceled travel plans with grandchildren. (For their safety and to prevent a possible outburst by me if a TSA employee touched them.)

Constitution?

No government employee is going to touch my daughter. She isn't government property. Unfortunately, my insistence on retaining my 4th amendment rights requires my entire family now forgo boarding a plane, train, boat, or bus. If that weren't enough, now they want to put these scanners "anywhere people gather." So pretty soon we won't be able to leave our homes without some federal goon leering at our wives and children. Does that still sound like freedom to you?