I see London, I see France, I see a holiday traveler's underpants. You know, this Thanksgiving I have a lot to be thankful for. My family, friends, employment and the fact that I didn't witness one San Diego man's pat-down protest. Samuel Wolanyk reportedly stripped down to his tighty whities when confronted by a security agent at the Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego.
Wolanyk opted out of the body scan and the pat down. He took off his clothes right down to his underwear. Can I just say bravo. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to tell airport security where to go. Though his actions were a bit excessive, I think we all can agree airport security is worse. Wolanyk took a stand, and I think he got their attention. Mission accomplished, friend.
I don't travel all that often, but when I do it is necessary for me to get the pat down. I am unable to pass through the metal detector due to a medical condition, so I've always thought of the pat down's as protocol. It wasn't until I started watching video of others while undergoing protocol that I started to feel uncomfortable. Most of the time I just think of where I'm going and then the pat down is done. But after seeing others go through the same I've realized how awful it is. There's got to be another way.
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Please don't offer a full-body scan as an alternative. I'd like to have children someday, and I don't want them turning into mutants. I might make an exception if they get some sort of super power to compensate for their deformity. That might be worth it. Who knows how much radiation is pumped into someone's body during those scans. I might as well live under a transformer.
"TSA needs to see that I'm not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances. I refuse to have images of my naked body viewed by perfect strangers, and having been felt up for the first time by TSA the week prior (I travel frequently) I was not willing to be molested again," Wolanyk stated. He's absolutely right. I understand the intent of these pat downs and body scans, but where do we draw the line? Apparently, it's drawn when a man strips naked, but not when an agent's hands are groping me. I also understand that the agent isn't intending to molest me. In fact, they probably hate it just as much as I do. It's an uncomfortable situation all the way around.
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Here's the reality. These tactics are an illusion set in place by our government to make us feel safe. The pat down and the body scan don't really detect much. It wouldn't have stopped the underwear bomber. And unless they do a cavity search, they'll come up empty handed ever time. I probably shouldn't give TSA any ideas.
There are people out there who will argue that they'd rather be uncomfortable than dead because a bomb wasn't detected. I think we all feel that way, but again, where does this end? Are we willing to give up our freedoms and privacy because we can't trust anyone?
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin obviously saw this one coming, and I couldn't agree with him more. We are giving up our freedom to roam about the country without being violated – and for what? It's not the real terrorists who are being pulled out of line. Instead, it's Grandma being pulled aside for a screening, and forced to assume the position. This, by the way, is a victory for liberals. It's how they get around "profiling." "Random searches" … what a joke. Meanwhile, Muslim women do not have to remove their head scarves. What's up with that? I guess it's a violation of their rights. Try to figure that one out. To be continued.
Wolanyk was arrested after refusing to put his clothes back on so that he could be properly searched. My dose of honesty: Wolanyk has a lot to be thankful for. He's lucky they didn't taser his behind right off the bat. I mean, I've seen some crazy videos where men were tased or at the very least maced for lesser offenses, so coming out with an arrest is pretty good, considering. To those out there looking to feel safer, there is no "safer." Would you be willing to strip to your underwear if they asked you to? How safe will you feel then? We will never be completely rid of terrorism. The only thing we can do is modify our tactics to find the real bad guys. They need to start by profiling suspicious people with strange flight plans, not 80-year-old women on holiday from Nebraska.