What’s your opinion?
Since 9/11 traveling has become much more difficult and time consuming. Our government has assumed new responsibilities as we travel. I am thankful for the diligence of people involved in keeping us safe. Their work should never be taken for granted.
The most active story on my radar this week, however, has been that of the new TSA restrictions on travel. (You can read a Senate hearing transcript about them HERE.) Apparently if you travel airlines in the future you will go through an Xray type machine that shows your body plainly on a screen to ensure you have no hidden weapons or contraband. According to some, you will be basically naked in front of TSA officials. I’ve read that the new body scanners give viewers a pretty good idea of what you look like without your clothes on. If you refuse, in order to fly, you’ll be subject to an extremely thorough pat down by a TSA official of the same sex. My friend Ed Stetzer is advising you to resist these machines, even if you have to face the pat downs. (Read his post HERE.) Another friend Michael Hyatt is addressing the issue with a somewhat different take on his blog. (Read that post HERE.)
I was in Florence, SC recently and a random female passenger was pulled aside and subject to the new style of pat-down search. Honestly, it was very personal…I would have been very intimidated to have the male counterpart.
So here are my questions:
Has the TSA gone too far or is this just being safe? Are we running scared or just being cautious?
Have our rights been violated or is this part of living in a country as large as ours?
Are we overreacting to fear or are we being proactive?
What do you think?
How will you respond to the new regulations?