People react to TSA IntrusionThe website "We Won't Fly" urges travelers to "Act now. Travel with Dignity."
"We are opposed to the full-body backscatter X-ray airport scanners on grounds of health and privacy. We do not consent to strip searches, virtual or otherwise. We do not wish to be guinea pigs for new, and possibly dangerous, technology. We are not criminals. We are your customers. We will not beg the government anymore. We will simply stop flying until the porno-scanners are history," the site says.
"National Opt Out Day," organized by Brian Sodegren, encourages solidarity on November 24, amid the crush of Thanksgiving travelers.
"It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat-down" that touches people's breasts and genitals. You should never have to explain to your children, 'Remember that no stranger can touch or see your private area, unless it's a government employee, then it's OK.' "
"Pilots should NOT submit to AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) screening," wrote Capt. Mike Cleary, president of the U.S. Airline Pilots Association, in a letter to members this week. USAPA represents more than 5,000 US Airways pilots.
Former Vice President Al Gore learned firsthand last week what it's like to get a little inspection from airport security.
According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gore was pulled aside for random security screening at Washington's Reagan National Airport before boarding a 7:15 p.m. Midwest Express Airlines flight to Milwaukee on June 7.
Passengers sharing Flight 406 were startled to hear Gore being told, "Sorry, sir, you have to go through extra screening," and to witness security personnel rifling through his briefcase and suitcase, a witness told the paper.
Yeah Right,that makes sense. Lets screen the former VP. He is likely to be a terrorist. Oh don't forget the 4 armed men who are traveling with him. Shouldn't we screen Secret Service Officers? The TSA is reactive, and not proactive. It reacts without common sense.