A Fly In The Ointment

Read more at We Won't Fly.

Here are some scary thoughts for those who OPT OUT.

How to Opt Out: Say "I Opt Out"

Should you decide to opt out, you must be aware that the TSA will perform a pat down instead of subjecting you to the WBI/AIT (AKA porno-scanner). The TSA may try to pressure you into submitting to the scanners . You are not required by law to submit to imaging, however, many TSA employees may attempt to intimidate, coerce or insist that it is required. You will need to be firm, and sometimes will not be allowed to opt out unless you state in exactly these words "I opt out." While you should be able to opt out using your own terms, such as requesting a pat down instead, or stating that you will not be photographed nude, remember that not all screeners will be respectful of your decision. They may continue to insist until you say "I opt out." In these cases it is up to the individual traveler to determine whether to stand firm or to use the TSA's preferred wording.

WARNING: Enhanced Pat Down

Be aware that the TSA is using what they call an "enhanced pat down" in many instances. These pat downs are much more rigorous and often include the TSA using their palms to touch your genitals in a manner that could feel like sexual assault. If you feel that you or your child were inappropriately touched during the enhanced pat down, call for a law enforcement officer.

Fortunately Big Brother only has your best interests at heart. Especially if you are a good looking lady with a C cup or better.

And frequent fliers: watch out for cumulative radiation doses [pdf].

What could possibly go wrong?

This is what could go wrong.

Eric has a few words about these outrages.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 11.14.10 at 04:32 PM


What surprises me is that Americans are actually tolerating these awful acts placed on them by their own govt. in the name of 'security'.

FallenTree   ·  November 14, 2010 8:27 PM

Want to fight back? Don't fly. Go by bus, go by train, drive there, or just stay home. The airlines lose business they'll start complaining. We stay home the travel industry will suffer, and they will complain. A boycott is how we fight back, and we make it a strong one.

Alan Kellogg   ·  November 14, 2010 8:54 PM


I told my 91 yo mother about all this. I told her that her grand daughter (a knock out) stood a good chance of being felt up by a government agent and all she said was "if it will keep her safe".

Mom thinks that because I'm a Republican (libertarian flavor) I've gone completely off the rails - she is a life long Democrat (socialist really).

M. Simon   ·  November 14, 2010 10:01 PM

I find it interesting that so many people are willing to give up their rights by saying "...IF it will protect me." IF??? We have no knowledge at all that any of this crap protects us at all. After all, the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber et al BOTH went through this and were deemed safe to fly. Personally, I think this latest round is to allow Michael Chertoff to get rich. He's a major owner of Rapiscan, manufacturer of the scanning devices. The "enhanced pat down" is deliberately designed to herd us back through the scanners. Because there are many travelers, the airports will have to buy more machines from ...guess who? Pox on all their houses.

Mary   ·  November 15, 2010 8:48 AM

If we would just follow the Israeli airline security model, we wouldn't have to worry about this.

John S.   ·  November 15, 2010 10:19 AM

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