All politics is personal. People rarely get politically involved unless their own ox is being gored. Thanks to the TSA [Transportation Safety(sic) Administration], more and more people are "feeling the squeeze" of the latest airport security measures. Travelers are now faced with two degrading and unacceptable choices: allow high-tech porn photos to be taken, or allow a complete stranger to grope your genitals. Fortunately, people are beginning to adopt the long-time Libertarian approach of "NONE OF THE ABOVE".
I am please and not suprised to discover a new website called WEWONTFLY.COM promoting a "National Opt-Out Day" just before Thanksgiving - historically the busiest travel day of the year. (I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that my good friend, James Babb, is one of the cofounders of the movement. Way to go, Jimmy!) Suggesting that people to "Act Now. Travel with Dignity", the website encourages people not to fly at all. This is a boycott that would have a significant and devastating economic affect on the already struggling airlines. If you must fly, the website urges supporters opt-out of the new body scanners, in favor of the more personal approach. They further encourage people to protest the pat-down gropes "creatively", which I assume means as vocally and dramtically as possible to draw public (and pubic?) attention to the procedure.
In my opinion, this public outrage is long overdue. Public response to the Patriot Act, the Military Commission Act, and the "Homegrown terrorist act" was pathetically non-existent. However, now that federal agents are instructed to get to "third base" without so much as buying you dinner, the public has finally had enough. Our hero and champion of the Constitution, Ron Paul has introduced H.R. 6416 - The American Traveler Dignity Act. This bill explicitly prohibits granting federal workers immunity from the sexual assault charges that will inevitably be filed if this procedure is allowed to "grab hold". It is interesting to note that Hillary Clinton has indicated she would not submit to a pat-down procedure, and Barack Obama admits that he has never been subjected to the procedure because he does not fly commercial airlines. Perhaps we should subject each member of Congress to this same procedure before each session - just to ensure their safety from Islamic terrorists, of course.
Will the new TSA procedures change your future travel plans in any way? Will you be driving instead of flying to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving? How far will you go to avoid the "porn or grope" decision?