The Transportation Security Administration, in its infinite wisdom, has apparently mandated that new Whole Body Imagery "security" machine - the one that takes pictures of your body through your clothes. And if you refuse to allow representatives of the federal government to take nude photos of your body, you get to be manually patted down by a TSA representative. And they will feel your crotch and your posterior and your breasts, if you have them. Because they want the "pat down" experience to be so uncomfortable that people opt to use the machine, instead. It's faster.
There might be a circumstance under which I might decide that the indignities of the pre-flight screening are worth the trip, but there is no way that I am going to allow my children to be photographed (essentially) nude or patted down (more like "felt up") by strangers. And they WILL be patted down. It says so right here. So, as a mother, I get to choose to allow nude photos to be taken of my children, or to subject them to a deliberately-designed-to-be-uncomfortable pat-down. What the hell kind of a choice is that?
Dear Pedophiles - go get jobs with TSA! You can assault children all day long and get paid! It's like a dream come true!!!
It's clear that this is a Fourth Amendment violation, not to mention a violation of every child porn law in every state in the U.S. But the people in charge don't give a shit about your privacy or your children's privacy. Apparently they don't give a shit about the law or the Constitution, either.
What we need is a cop (maybe one with a passion for protecting kids from sexual abuse... One I've known for 20 years... You know who you are!) to take her kids through security, put them through the machine, and then immediately arrest the TSA agents for possession of child porn. That would get people talking! I'll buy your tickets!
I do have a third choice. I am voting with my wallet. I am not flying commercially, nor are my children flying, until the Whole Body Imaging machine goes away. The metal detectors have worked just fine for years, and I've taken off my shoes and emptied my pockets and walked through them like a good little sheep. I've even thanked the TSA agents for doing their jobs, in spite of the hassle and the delay. But now they've gone too far.
What do you think? Are you going to continue to fly? Are you going to fly with your children? If you are, will you opt for the kiddie porn or the molestation?
(Interestingly, B.J. disagrees with me, so I'm looking forward to his remarks in the comments... Be sure to come back and check on how that develops. It's always fun when he and I argue, we were both on the high school debate team...)