Atlantic to TSA: Pat this down!

Jeffrey Goldberg and James Fallows deliver a one-two punch to the TSA over body scanners and pat downs at airports.

Goldberg begins by posting a letter from the American Airlines pilots union to its members…Considering these are the guys who are flying the planes I have to admit I’m kind of surprised at the bluntness of the tone.

While I’m sure that each of us recognizes that the threats to our lives are real, the practice of airport security screening of airline pilots has spun out of control and does nothing to improve national security.

I do disagree with this though:

There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience. In my view, it is unacceptable to submit to one in public while wearing the uniform of a professional airline pilot.

I’d argue that there’s no better reason to demand one in public.  Let everyone see this ineffectual process is really just an exercise in humiliation in order to elicit compliance.

Fallows talks about the frustrations of diabetics who need insulin pumps…who knew?

The TSA is singling out an entire class of people based on our medical conditions and treating us like we’re criminals. They have NO plans for ways to deal with this (eg, setting up a pre-approval system or using doctor notifications to clear us without the groping).

I’ve got a couple of flights coming up in the next couple of months…


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