I have been reading more and more incredulously the protests about full body scans at airports, the tantrums thrown by people who then tape them to show everyone, and now comes "Opt-Out Day" ... which just seems like another way for a great many immature people to force their childish protests on the rest of the flying public.
For those who don't already know what this is about, this column from Eric Felten at the Wall Street Journal makes it clear.
In fact, it is his column that was the last straw for me.
Everyone is blaming the government.
What about blaming the terrorists?
They are the ones who are trying to kill you. By blowing up your plane.
They would be thrilled to kill my daughter when she flies home for the holidays.
They'd love to kill my sister, and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who are frequent fliers.
We are at war. What I see is a lot of people who would have argued with the government about their ration cards during WWII instead of pitching in to win the war.
Think of the lengths terrorists are willing to go to in order to achieve their goal. Those explosive breast implants are real, not a joke. Only the scans can stop those.
Flying is not a "right."
Flying is not necessary. If you don't like the new rules then walk, ride a bus, drive, take a train, take a boat, or stay at home.
Got privacy or body issues with the scan? It still seems better than forcing the TSA to search you. Yes. Forcing. They don't want to grope you. They want to keep your plane from being blown up. How are you with that?
Don't like the scan because of radiation? The last I heard from a doctor on the news, you will get more radiation from being in the plane than going through the scan.
If you want to go one-on-one with the terrorists, that is your right. But do it where you won't take a lot of other people with you.
And otherwise ... just shut up about it.
Naturally, SNL has chimed in on this issue ... a coupla times.
Here's a clip you can watch about the pat downs that was sent by Frank ... I stopped 2/3 of the way through because, as happens so often, they just kept going and going.
Here's a transcript (couldn't find a clip) of a skit that Hannah remembered about racial profiling.
Saturday Night Live Transcripts
Season 28: Episode 2
02b: Sarah Michelle Gellar / Faith Hill
Trans American Airlines
Stewardess #1.....Amy Poehler
Employee #1.....Will Forte
Stewardess #2.....Maya Rudolph
Employee #2.....Tracy Morgan
[ SUPER: "A Message From The Men And Women Of Trans American Airlines" ]
Captain: September 11th, 2001 changed a lot of things about the way we live.
Stewardess #1: But, if you've traveled by air recently, you know that new security procedures at most airlines can make flying a frustrating and unpleasant experience.
Employee #1: But at Trans American, we don't believe that endless lines, early check-in requirements, or confiscating tweezers are the best way to prevent terrorism.
Captain: At Trans American, we have a better idea. We screen our passengers with a system we call "Racial Profiling".
Stewardess #1: You see, unlike other airlines, we at Trans American have noticed that airline hijackers always seem to be Islamic males, age 15 to 45, of Middle Eastern descent.
Employee #2: That's why, at Trans American, any passenger who fits that description is put through the industry's most exhaustive secuity check - including sodium-pentathol interrogation, strip search, and full body cavity exam.
Stewardess: Any passenger who doesn't, we leave the hell alone. That's a promise.
Stewardess #2: Some of our competitors take issue with our policies, and even say that, if you allow racial profiling, the terrorists have won. But we don't agree. I mean, why would terrorists want racial profiling? That's how you catch them.
Captain: Rest assured, at Trans American, we have no intention of changing the system that's given us the best security record in the industry. Fly with us, and you'll see why. And, by the way, you can bring your tweezers.
Voiceover: Trans American Airlines. Security. Reliability. Racial profiling.
I believe that both sides have expressed themselves fully. Comments are now closed.