Here is my take. First of all, the images are questionable at best. Is this what they really look like? I haven't traveled since they brought these out. I am kind of geeky. I think it would be cool. Kind of like new age, and super spy. But it's kind of hard to be a super spy in an airport full of people who have to do the exact same thing. It's also even harder when we are being told our rights as American citizens are being taken away from us. And this is where I get my panties in a wad.
After 9/11, Rich was transferred to Washington DC. He was part of Homeland Security. And later was part of the Terrorist Screening Center. We lived on a military base which was guarded by MP's who had arms the size of tree trunks and carried weapons. They did random inspections of vehicles and if your car wasn't properly stickered or you didn't have your ID you got inspected. I didn't protest. I didn't feel my rights were taken away. I felt safe. I felt sheltered in my little world. I brought them popsicles in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.
When we were asked to take off our shoes, dump our belongings in bins(at the airports), and all that pain in the butt stuff did I gripe? No. I got panicky that I wasn't doing it fast enough for the people behind me. And I worried that I didn't do it the right way. But again, I felt safe. My rights? I have a right to feel safe when I travel.
The X-ray machine and pat-downs. I have done neither. However, the x-ray machine is, as I understand it a random thing right now. My BF got picked coming and going! Just her luck. Mine would be the same. I would have to do it. I have already been X-rayed so many times in my life that I am surprised I don't glow in the dark. I don't think my rights are being taken away because I have a right to feel safe when I travel.
When Rich made Chief he flew from DC to CA. He was in CA for a month. His plane tickets back somehow got messed up and had to be changed on the same day. Well, that puts up red flags. And of course he knew this. He was pulled out, and his bags were inspected and it took him forever to get checked in to fly back home. Did he pull rank? Come on he worked for TSC at the time! No. Did he yell about his rights? No. In fact, when they saw his ID they began apologizing. He told them to do their job.
As for pat downs, my mom has to be wanded and patted down by a female security guard. She has two full knee replacements. They are metal. She sets off the security alarms at stores. The guards have always been very gracious and kind with her.
I do not feel am losing my rights. I do feel I have the right to be safe when I travel. I do not lay blame on the TSA for "making" me go through that X-ray machine. I lay the blame where it belongs. The blame is on the terrorists. The ones who plotted against our country.
What do you think? Are our rights being squelched, or do we have the right to feel safe?