- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2010


We have seen the level of security screening at airports increase dramatically since Sept. 11, 2001. Starting in October, it went to a level that is far beyond reason.

Full-body scanners are too much. Those machines expose travelers to potentially harmful radiation and expose their naked bodies to Transportation Security Administration officials responsible for conducting unconstitutional searches. They virtually undress passengers for viewing by strangers. How can we allow this?

If someone chooses to opt out of these shameful body-scanner screenings, he or she is humiliated beyond practical limits by having to be subjected to a pat-down frisk, which includes literally being fondled (touched on the breasts and genitals) by agents of the federal government.

This must stop immediately. The world is laughing at us for reacting to the terrorist threat by changing our entire system and subjecting our own citizens to outrageous sexual exploitation.

We must put an end to this absurd policy. The airlines already are struggling to survive. These new TSA policies are going to make it even more difficult, as people will stay home rather than have their families and themselves abused by our own government. Just say no to scan and grope.


Former Continental Airlines pilot

Heber City, Utah

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