I’m waiting to hear about the first date that results from the body scanners.
And you would think a business would start up to offer skin-thick radiation blocking suits that people could wear to ‘obscure’ their ‘true’ nudity?
You know, like those big ass XX-L T-Shirts grandmas like to wear with the over-tanned body of a skinny lady in a bikini on it?
Obviously the making-you-look-smaller bit isn’t going to work (like getting a full-body tattoo, but bigger), but who’s really fooled by the T-Shirts? Sure, they’re funny, but really it’s more about vanity, isn’t it? Aren’t we here in America a little hyper-involved with that anyway? Maybe acceptance of these measures (sans cop-a-feel mode) could be the first step toward nude beaches? (lul doubtful)
All joking/devil’s advocate aside …
The bottom line for me is it’s unfortunate that such a transportation monopoly exists. Why is it irrational to think that passengers could & should go on strike? What if all passengers refused to undergo these measures? Certainly that would not yield the results we’re looking for, which is less-intrusive flight/transport.
This gets at what Chris is saying about hitting their pockets. But even if there were other methods of transport available and even if we would sacrifice our plans for legitimate concerns of privacy, it’s not about the method, it’s about the sheer numbers of people traveling and the opportunity that presents to terrorists.
Seems to me the only option is to computerize it. I love discussing these types of societal issues. People wouldn’t trust a computerized system to do a good enough job, but then we get our panties in a bunch when a person is tasked with it.
Maybe it’s just our habit (and convenience) of security-by-obscurity rearing it’s ugly head? I think it tends to creates issues that we have a hard time rationalizing, much less solving. Without profiling, without taking any risks through trust in random screening, etc, how do we stop a guy from molding C4 around his junk? Hell, for that matter, how do we keep him from shoving it up his ass, using it for boob implants, etc? AFAIK, nothing, except maybe dogs and a prying finger (too far? lol). Yet isn’t that just as likely as we thought an underwear bomber would have been, prior to last year?
Maybe one day we’ll all be required to wear black spandex onesies when flying.
sorry for the length :-x