Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving to all you Cape St. Claire folks! For those staying put, enjoy a lovely day here in the Cape. For those who will be driving over the holiday, I wish you open, traffic-free roads, quiet kids, and reliable cars. For anyone braving the airports, safe travels, and I hope you avoid having your "junk" touched in the interest of air travel safety. :) In case you missed it, here's the link to the youtube video of the guy going through airport security who is very sensitive about his goods:
I understand the frustration, and I'm not sure it's truly possible to effectively screen for every threat and maintain some semblance of dignity and privacy, but we all need to do our part to get from point A to point B, safely and responsibly. Frankly, my "junk" is not that sacred. As long as the person searching me is being professional, and the policies are well defined and consistent, I'm willing to endure the inconvenience. It's better than the alternative. But then, if the policies are TOO well defined, it makes them predictable for those who would attempt to thwart them, and where does it all end?
I think I come down on the side of the TSA on this one, but I go back and forth. Anybody have any thoughts about the new security procedures implemented by TSA? Keep in mind, this time last year, a guy got through security with bomb materials in his underwear. It was a very close call, and we were none too happy about it. It's bad enough that he managed to get explosive material through security, but even worse that other red flags slipped past multiple layers of security prior to boarding. Are we, the public, paying the price in inconvenience and indignity for shoddy work by Homeland Security, etc.? How do we strike the proper balance between security and privacy?
Let's hope we get through this holiday season without more of the same. Wishing us all patience and composure during this stressful time of year. I hope everyone gets where they're headed safely in time to enjoy a wonderful day of food and tradition with their families and friends. Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!