The catch-phrase of the week — and, I hope, the entire holiday season — is, “don’t touch my junk or I’ll have you arrested.” Uttered by John Tyner after he refused a full body scan and then a full body (junk included) patdown by airport security, the phrase is making its way onto t-shirts (I want one) and into household vernaculars (like mine).
But in all seriousness, the whole TSA screening thing officially makes me uncomfortable. As far as I’m concerned, a false sense of security (and false it is) isn’t worth sacrificing my privacy (or my mom’s privacy, or my grandmother’s). In fact, that doesn’t feel like security to me at all — security feels like strangers not having the right to look at me naked against my will, not the other way around.
Of course, the other camp argues that giving up a little personal space and privacy is the only way to smoke the terrorists out of the foxhole, if you will.
What do you think? Are you for or against full-body scanners and pat-downs at airports?