J.S. Tuttle is a guest writer. His views and opinions are not necessarily those of “A Hollywood Republican”.
So it looks as though the American public has found a new subject to whine and complain about; the new full body scanners popping up at airports across the United States. Like spoiled little brats flyers are complaining that these machines are too intrusive, that the fuzzy gray image is pornographic and shows too much. Well that’s the idea isn’t it? To make sure no one gets on the plane that is hiding anything suspicious. It’s not like anyone is forcing you to walk through those machines. You can still submit to the “pat down”. But wait; now you’re complaining about that too. That’s too up close and personal. HELLO???? Is anybody home? What do you want TSA to do? Shake your hand and say, “Thanks for flying the friendly skies of America. Hope you reach your destination.”
Oh, I forgot you want them to start racial profiling. Who should they be looking for? Anyone wearing a turban, a beard or is brown skinned? How about pulling everyone aside who has a foreign passport or better yet a passport from the Middle East. Like passports can’t be forged.
You whining, cry babies act like flying is a right not a privilege. Well you have that wrong too. It is a privilege that you pay for and a privilege that comes with terms and restriction you knew about when you bought your ticket. Let’s look at this a little more closely. The dictionary describes rights as follows:
Legal, social, or moral freedoms to act or refrain from acting, or entitlements to be acted upon or not acted upon.
The dictionary describes a privilege as…
A special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all.
So we all have the right to fly but since everyone can’t afford to do it this right turns into a privilege. And privileges come with terms and conditions.
But let’s take this one step further. No one is forcing anyone to get a full body scan or a pat down. You can opt not to fly if this bothers you too much. You can drive; take a train or an ocean liner to your destination. But wait that would be too inconvenient and too slow. I want to get there NOW and spend my hard earned American dollars over seas. Then my advice to you is “buck up”, deal with it and stop screwing around with the safety of the rest of us.
A lot of people are comparing our security measures to that of Israel. What they fail to mention is that Israel only has 7 airports, the US has 14,957 airports. Big difference. Where are we to find the trained personnel to do the job as well as Israeli Security? Wait….we’ll just borrow more money from China and hire a private security firm to do it. Oopps..the deficit just went over 16 Trillion.
The thing that really baffles me is why are people complaining so much about procedures that make the sky’s safer. True, the scanners can’t see everything but they are better than the antiquated metal detectors; and if you’ve never been involved in a felony traffic stop I am sure the completeness of a pat down will surprise you. But they are necessary tools for todays world. A world that is a very dangerous place, with people out there trying to kill you, personally. Those of you out there that complain about ever little inconvenience the terrible, nasty TSA puts you through are just giving the terrorist a better shot at succeeding. The sad part is when they take you down they’ll probably take a couple of hundred others with you too.
“Thank you for flying the friendly skies and please keep your seatbelts on…It’s going to be a very bumpy ride.”