- It's invasive. I've had pat-downs in the past, when I've been in a wheelchair for one leg injury or another, and the wheelchair was the easiest way to get through a long airport. The screeners were invariably nice, took me to a private area when I asked, and were efficient. It was still invasive. I didn't feel any safer.
- It's leading to massive, massive lines at airports, which just about puts the final death knell into any hope the USA had of remaining an attractive international tourism destination.
- The rigor of the pat-downs varies from airport to airport and country to country. The screeners are not trained in some places and are overwhelmed in others.
- It's invasive. Lest I repeat that again, it bears reminding that due to the overwhelming need, passengers who have paid good money are being treated similar to criminals, and many are being forced to undergo pat-downs in public locations. I understand that there's a transition period with these new measures, but news media across the board (domestic and international) is reporting that this is happening.
- And the bottom line is that it's not keeping anyone safer.
Friday, January 08, 2010
The Airport Pat-down
I would seriously like to know what the point of airport security pat-downs is meant to be.