Did I Give Up My Rights When I Bought an Airline Ticket?

According to the TSA I did!!!

I am posting a link to John Tyner's blog and videos. You may have heard of him, he is the man who blatantly told the TSA if they touch his junk he will have them arrested.  Mr. Tyner turned his video on for the whole ordeal when he refused the AIT Scanners. There is not much in the way of pictures, but the audio is excellent.  The thing that stood out the most to me in the audio was the TSA agent telling Mr. Tyner that he gave up some of his rights when he bought an airline ticket. http://johnnyedge.blogspot.com/2010/11/these-events-took-place-roughly-between.html

Being a pilot's wife I truly understand the need to have safer skies.  I want my husband protected when he is at work.  Being and American, I do not want another 9/11.  But also, being an American, I have a huge issue with someone telling me I gave up my rights when I purchased my airline ticket.  There was nothing written out stating that I forfeited my dignity by choosing to fly.  No one should be subjected to this sort of invasion of privacy.  I agree with Mr. Tyner, it would be illegal if they weren't the government.

Another thing I would like to point out, as a mother I strongly oppose these AIT Scanners and enhanced pat downs. I admit, at first I did not take notice, then when I saw the pictures of the "naked body scanner" my thoughts immediately turned toward my children. At what point, since still pictures can be taken, does this become child pornography? Is that my choice? Subject my children to child pornography or sexual molestation? Then if I take a stand and say no, will they threaten me like they did Mr. Tyner with a $10,000 fine. That is money that would go to my childrens' college fund. The government has crossed the line. 

Lets talked about one more thing.  People abusing the AIT Scanners.  We want to believe that because a person is in a roll of authority that this will not happen.  That is naive!  It has already happened at London Heathrow Airport back in March of 2010. An employee at the airport was been given a police warning after allegedly making a lewd remark about a female co-worker while she stood in a full body scanner by mistake.  You can see that article here: http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-25/world/uk.heathrow.scanner_1_body-scanners-airports-full-body?_s=PM:WORLD

1 comment:

Nicole said...

John Tyner's videos are insane. It makes me wonder how much of what happened is due to TSA regulation, or how much of it is just a power trip. I read a blog post today that was anonymous comments from TSA agents regarding the pat-down procedures...most of them were mortified at the job they were required to do to serve their country. And there's even more verbal abuse going on than before.

I'm not sure what the right answer is for security, but I don't think the AIT scanners are the best way to go.