I just sent the following letter to Jim Bunning, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul (But I could only find a campaign address), Ed Whitfield, and Barrack Obama. They are my United States representatives. I thought I would share it with you. I am writing you today regarding the new TSA screening policies.
They are unacceptable.
First, let me be clear about something. I want to be safe when I fly. I do not want to share a plane with terrorists.
Second, I do not believe that the new screening practices make anyone safer.
Third, the new screening practices are unconstitutional. (As far as I know, the 4th amendment is still in effect.) They are invasive at best, and immoral at their worst.
Airlines are a major economic factor in this country. The new TSA requirements make me not want to fly for a host of reasons. I do not want multiple x-rays per year. I do not want anyone to see me naked. (I’m not worried about the pictures getting out because nobody else wants to see me naked either. However, not everyone can say that.) And I certainly do not want to be groped. The new pat-down procedure is tantamount to being groped. No one can deny that. If many people feel, as I do, that being subjected to such humiliation is not worth it, there will be disastrous economic consequences for the airlines.
I believe the security bottleneck makes flying more dangerous. Simply put, where there is a backup and a long crowd, there is an opportunity. Bombing 200 people standing in line at a security checkpoint is just as effective as blowing up a plane.
It makes me feel like the government is not really concerned about my safety, but rather with putting on a show. These procedures will not make flying any safer. They will only make it more humiliating and less enjoyable. However, we will continue to be subjected to this treatment because it looks like we are doing something.
Please do whatever is in your power to overturn these screening procedures and to implement a system that would actually make us safer.
- Concerned voter
This post mentions politicians by name so read the * in the right-hand column.