I’m up for pat downs

I don't think aviation employees are trying to molest us in the middle of LaGuardia airport

If a Federal Aviation employee gets her thrills by “feeling me up” when I pass through security, I’m pretty sure I’ll get through it emotionally and physically intact. I am actually amused by the reaction of many who are incensed by the new security procedures involving sporadic body pat downs. TV personality, Mike Barnicle, said it best: “People are more worried about being felt up than blown up.”

National surveys are conducted on a daily basis about one issue or another. Everyone jumps to offer an opinion. A boss told me long ago that it’s often better not to ask a buyer’s opinion when you’re trying to sell her something. Instead, tell her why she’ll benefit from buying it. If she takes a pass,  she’ll tell you why, even without a poll. If we didn’t ask so many opinions, the media wouldn’t have so many opportunities to start meaningless conversations. It might even cover important subjects.

Reportedly, only about two percent of the flying public is being asked to have pat downs. Those who object can opt for full body scans. And if you object to that, there’s another option: Take a bus. I would guess that many of the people who are putting in their two cents don’t even fly.

I have no empathy in this case for those who believe the government is impinging on our civil rights. If a plane was blown out of the sky tomorrow, maybe these strident voices would hush up. We need to be kept safe during these frightening times. I have enough anxieties when I fly. I’m thrilled if terrorism isn’t one of them.

If you’re flying during this holiday, safe travels.  And happy Thanksgiving!

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4 Responses to “I’m up for pat downs”

  1. Leigh Chandler says:

    I’m glad you wrote about this subject, Geri! I have been getting angry all week listening to only negatives coming from the press. These types of heavy security procedures have been going on for years in many parts of the world. I went to Venezuela on vacation about twelve years ago and the Caracas Airport had super tight security. I was patted down completely (by a woman) and went through several metal detectors and body scanners. If you have nothing to hide – then you should be happy these precautions are being taken!

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  2. AZ says:

    Should this kid have taken the bus?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQTz1bccL4&feature=related

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    • Geri says:

      someone who witnessed this wrote:

      “Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn’t set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn’t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn’t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn’t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins.”

      if parents make big deals of this, TSA agents are going to show them whose in charge.
      anger gets no one anywhere. the father should have simply told the kid: “this is for our safety so someone doesn’t blow up the plane.”

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  3. sharon segal says:

    Geri ,I agree with you. If you do not like it Take the Bus. Be safe and enjoy the holiday with David and your family. Sharon

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