Except that forcing passengers through a screening procedure that I consider equivalent to sexual assault has nothing to do with explosives in baggage. The whole thing is security theatre at its finest. This is exactly the sort of story that the government uses to attempt to justify this sort of screening, but in reality-land explosives in baggage and strip searching of passengers are unrelated. All bags, both checked and carry-on, are already supposed to be going through some sort of screening that theoretically should find any explosives. The cockpit is already supposed to be inaccessible from the main cabin during the flight rendering anything that a passenger tried with an edged weapon fairly irrelevant to the plane staying in the air. Enough explosives to take down the plane are more likely to be carried inside a passenger than on one. Neither the naked picture machine nor the incredibly invasive pat-down procedure render flying significantly safer for either passengers or crew.
Also, creepy is not how I would describe the whole thing. To me it feels like being to choose my preferred form of sexual assault and that is not OK. I should get to choose who looks at naked pictures of me and I should get to choose who touches my genitals and my breasts. I should not be essentially banned from traveling because I am uncomfortable with either option.
ETA: I had to go through one at SFO about a month ago and I still feel invaded by the experience. The general atmosphere did not make opting out feel like a good idea. I did not see them select anyone with kid while I was in line though.
Exactly. I don't know why we aren't more upset about this as a nation and refusing being subjected to it.
I am also not willing to subject my children to this. No stranger has the right to grope my child for any reason.
What I wonder is how they will do it if you have a baby?
I am going to be flying at christmas with a five-year-old and a 10-month-old baby and I really don't know what to do.
If it were just me, I could deal with either the freaky xray machine or the intrusive groping. I dislike both, but I can handle it. But I don't want to give so much radiation to my 5 yr old (plus the naked photo) and I really don't want to have her touched all over, she is a very reserved girl and it's totally scary and inappropriate.
And what about the baby! I mean, can you even fit in the xray thing holding a baby? Where does the kid stand? Are they going to poke and prod my baby in an "enhanced pat down"?
I am not very modest, nor very easily fussed, but I am actually reconsidering my holiday plans now.