By An Anonymous Student

In October of this year TSA was able to implement the new pat-downs or body scans.  Not everyone will need to do these.  There is much criticism over these new pat-downs and body scans and that is due to people feeling like their privacy is being invaded.  Not to mention, the delay associated with the search is making lines at the airport much longer then they have typically been.

I know we all can agree that we want it to be safe for us to travel by plane, but at what cost?  It wasn’t an easy decision for TSA to make in changing how they do their security checks; they had to get approval all the way up to the white house and give reasons for the change.  A lot of people seem to think that pat-downs are going above and beyond a reasonable search.  Some people feel as if they have been assaulted.

TSA already uses a method called profiling;  “behavioral and country-of-origin profiling” to be exact. This method is how they determine whom to subject to secondary screenings.  The pat-downs really only occur about 1 in every 100 passengers.  Usually, pat-downs would be done when someone refuses to go through the body scan.  They also occur randomly, or if the airport doesn’t have a scan machine.

No one is exempt from these new security checks, including kids and elderly.  Subjecting children to pat down searches raises concern to some that their children are being touched on parts of their body that they have never been touched before.  Critics argue, on the other hand, that it’s just as easy to use a child to bring a bomb on a plane as it is an adult.  One has to wonder if they are doing these new security checks on your body, then what more are they doing with your bags.

Advocates argue that while these new security measures may seem like they are taking away our rights to privacy, they are here for the point of making our country safer. You don’t hear much if any about bombs being smuggled in on a person traveling from the U.S. to another country.  The reason for this is because their security is so high there and the punishment is so harsh that it detours people from even trying.

So, what can we make of all this?  Well, it may be as simple as more people resorting to other ways we use to travel — car, train or even bus.  Leaving airlines with no ticket holders can lead airlines bankrupted and many would loose their jobs. But that is unlikely. Efficiency and speed dictate the airlines will be here to stay, and with it the enhanced invasions. Security has it’s price in one way or another.

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