I am a person who normally accepts all sorts of security checks, searches, questioning without complaint and protest: After all, I do want people matching my characteristics to receive more attention than your average Jewish grandma from Long Island.
I am extremely dismayed by the recent changes at U.S. airports involving the installation of full body X-ray scanners.
I have several concerns.
First, it seems that the TSA people are completely missing the obvious: If some Jihadi shows up at Newark airport with a bunch of stuff hidden in her crotch, it is already too late!
Second, I do not trust these machines not to deliver deadly doses of radiation to innocent passengers. You, know, advanced, computerized machinery coupled with humans never fail, right?
Third, the current administration and their supporters seem to have an unhealthy aversion to possibly offending Muslims (see, for example, the culling of Juan Williams). I can imagine a devout, covered Muslim woman (and her husband) having serious issues with a nudie scanner as well as the rub-down procedures authorities are talking about.
I fully anticipate a bunch of scenes created at a bunch of airports in the coming months to cause TSA officers' attention to be shifted to airline pilots and grandmas. The rest of us will not be any safer: Just hope and pray that they adjust those machines right and your fellow passengers have guts.