I don’t fly. Since the TSA put its latest set of security-theater rules in effect, I just can’t do it (or ask my family to) in good conscience.
It comes down to this: I know too many people who would be traumatized by the kind of treatment the TSA has made mandatory. I can think of too many cases where either the backscatter machines or the invasive patdowns would cause lasting damage, the kind no flight is worth:
No, I will not tell my child that sexual assault by a government official is “a game.”
You get the idea. Privacy is important. For some people, it’s vitally important. And it’s relevant, because I have not committed a crime. Getting on an airplane is not probable cause to believe I will.
Yes, I realize that not all these cases apply to me. I also know that my family won’t necessarily be subjected to the backscatter or the patdown. The point—and to me it’s the only important point—is that no one deserves to be treated this way, and I refuse to support a system that does so.
Each time I choose not to fly, I’ll send a letter to the airline I would have used, the airports I would have gone through, and the TSA to let them know why. I hope that eventually they’ll see reason and do away with these crazy searches. Until then, I won’t fly.
I had to post this in response to the flurry of rumors around NASA’s announcement that this Thursday they will “discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”
The rule is simple: When you tell a child anything, they will ignore most of it and leave only the words that benefit them.
No, don’t run into the street.
Blah blahrun into the street.
Young child version:
We’ll go to the zoo if there’s time after the store and lunch.
We’ll go to the zooblah blah blah.
Older child version:
If you clean your room, you can borrow the car on Saturday afternoon.
Blah blahyou can borrow the carblah blah.
NASA will hold a news conference to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.
NASA willblah blahdiscussblahfindingblahevidence of extraterrestrial life.
The Courage Campaign gives us all a simple task: “Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr’s case, and let loving, committed couples marry.” Then they offer a sampling of the 18,000 marriages that need defending: