(Updated Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. 9:20 a.m., EST. See below.)
Many of us will be traveling via plane this holiday week amidst the huge uproar prompted by the TSA’s new screening procedures of AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) and enhanced pat downs. In fulfilling this newsletter’s title,
Where the TSA went wrong (thus far):
2. Nanner-nanner posts – We Still Control the Airports Even Though Screening Is Opt In – By Us or a Private Company. We May Fine You Up to $11,000 for Noncompliance (and Screen You Regardless). (Why do they have a blog in the first place?? I’ll take effectiveness over chumminess any day.)
3. Fixed ox position. Of course passengers want to be safe. The option is unbearable. Is there a purpose to instigating open rebellion such as Opt-Out Day (Nov. 24, 2010)?
Let’s dispense with the mysteries.
1. Sooner or later, you will be selected for second screening.
2. When you are selected, you will have to make a choice: full body scan (i.e., backscatter) or a pat down. Both the technology and procedure are in transition.
3. Stay informed (including and especially via your representatives) and while National Opt-Out day is seemingly worthwhile to say, French college students, remember that there is a balance yet to be achieved between intrusive government, safety and privacy.
Obviously, the TSA needs to tone it down, focus and gain our confidence.
These are the realities as are the many achievements (individually, and as a community) in our lives and careers, far overwhelming this current, transient turmoil. This week, with very special and unique national commemoration, we also pause to give thanks for the many gifts we have received. We choose to have and wish you and yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
UPDATE: MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010, 9:20 A.M., EST
This is exactly what the TSA needs to refrain from doing. “TSA Chief Says Pat Downs Here To Stay… Or Not.”