Yesterday I blogged about the new security measures in U.S. airports that offer the traveler the option of essentially appearing naked to a TSA employee or being groped by one.
I suggested that if Kingdom citizens object to such treatment they do so not only because of its striking similarity to pornography and sexual assault but because it represents an erosion of our freedom, and Christians should be the champions of freedom.
Besides, there is an alternative.
Some history may be helpful here. You may recall, Islamic terrorists used box cutters to hijack planes on 9/11, so we prohibited fingernail clippers and butter knives on planes.
An Islamic terrorist put a bomb in his Nike, and we were all required to take off our shoes before getting on a plane. Then an Islamic terrorist put a bomb in his underwear. Now we all have to appear naked before strangers or be felt up by TSA’s finest.
As I asked yesterday, What happens when the next Islamic terrorist puts a bomb in his anus? Will we all then be subjected to full body cavity searches before boarding?
There is a solution. The Israelis have been doing it for years and their state airline, El-Al, is considered one of the safest in the world.
Israeli security doesn’t have to see you naked, and they don’t need to touch your junk. What they do is revolutionary. They talk to you.
And it works, because while any moron can stick a bomb in his butt, very few people can control every aspect of their physical and emotional response to pointed probing questions to the extent necessary to cloak malignant intent to someone trained to tell the difference
When I was in Israel in February I was subjected to such questioning before boarding the plane back to the U.S.A. I was not offended and it didn’t invade my privacy, at least not to the extent of being seen naked or groped by a stranger. The trade off: It takes more time than appearing naked or being felt-up by a government worker.
Thus far, in America we have avoided this method of security because of our concern about the constitutionality of profiling under the Fourteenth Amendment. But I have news for you, being subjected to the sexual assault (euphemistically called a pat-down) without probable cause is a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. However, it is permissible because courts have ruled your rights are diminished when you fly.
Should we take the risk that a few people may have their Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights diminished by some pointed questions from trained security personnel or continue subjecting three year-olds and your grandparents to sexual assaults, while Islamic terrorists have moved on to sticking bombs in their butt? GS