The time for half-measures designed to give the appearance of enhanced security need to end. In his commentary, Charles Krauthammer adeptly assesses the morass before us with the ‘security measures’ in airports in the United States and around the world.
This sums things up quite well:
We pretend that we go through this nonsense as a small price paid to ensure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. This has nothing to do with safety – 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.
The junk man’s revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy. Metal detector? Back-of-the-hand pat? Okay. We will swallow hard and pretend airline attackers are randomly distributed in the population.
But now you insist on a full-body scan, a fairly accurate representation of my naked image to be viewed by a total stranger? Or alternatively, the full-body pat-down, which, as the junk man correctly noted, would be sexual assault if performed by anyone else?
This time you have gone too far, Big Bro’. The sleeping giant awakes. Take my shoes, remove my belt, waste my time and try my patience. But don’t touch my junk.
This nonsense doesn’t end at the airport security line. This line of thinking only finds its end when the American public stands up for itself. As seen in the recent elections, when people are motivated by government incompetence, arrogance, and ignorance to make their voice heard–their voice is heard.
–the civil commentator