Fed-up Flier Says Pat Down is Like Rape
A friend pointed me to this article and I think it takes the hyperbolic cake. With icing. And sprinkles on top.
“Am I really supposed to let a total stranger rub my private parts because I bought an airplane ticket?” said Miller, who runs the jewelry and fashion website, iloveaccessories.com. “Would you allow your daughter to be patted down by a stranger and not feel like punching the person that did it? It leaves scars… just like a rape leaves scars.”
Rape? Really?! This is one of the more obnoxious statements I’ve read in a long time. She can always choice a scanner if she doesn’t want a pat down.
The article mentions two protest sites: optoutday.com and wewontfly.com which show the scanner pictures. If you haven’t seen them, other than for some lumps and bumps, there is no way to discern who these people are. It’s just a human form, rather a human digital form. For those screaming “scanner porn”, they have obviously never seen porn. I guess for some, the mere shape of the human body is porn.
Not to mention, say the words “rape” and “porn” enough and they lose all meaning.
I think I would be uncomfortable with either procedure. It IS invasive, but it IS necessary. I have to strongly disagree with Jeff Goldberg on the subject when he said that if they’ve got the bomb as far as the passenger gate, then it’s too late already. No, it’s not. These procedures will save lives and better still, it will make the terrorists think a lot harder when they try to hurt us.
A 5 hour flight still beats 3 days on a Greyhound. Our next annual visit to Cali, I’m going to chose the scanner and do a little bump and grind while I’m at it. May as well give TSA something to really look at.