Building on the issue of airport security and the TSA pat downs, Penn of Penn and Teller fame, raised some interesting concerns way back in ’02 .
A security guy came over. I assumed the position. I had a button up shirt on that was untucked. He reached around while he was behind me and grabbed around my front pocket. I guess he was going for my flashlight, but the area could have loosely been called "crotch." I said, "You have to ask me before you touch me or it's assault."
He said, "Once you cross that line, I can do whatever I want."
Read it all here.
And this was way before show and tell machines and the full body grope downs.
We teach our kids in school about good touch, bad touch. I guess the person who wrote up the TSA procedure manuals was sick that day.
Do we need safe air travel — absolutely. Do we need the TSA looking at our pics on the Nude-O-Scope or playing roman fingers with passengers…..there is no evidence it’s made air travel safer, but it has certainly curtailed our freedom and privacy.