I was going to stay away from this topic given many are writing about it – and I didn’t have much to add. If I was going to write about it, I was going to write about it in terms of the funny dialog it has generated between my consultants who fly in from four different parts of the country each week. They have had interesting experiences with the new regulations.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
But now, now I’m feeling a bit more connected to it. Why? G is going to fly with the girls in a few weeks. And, no one is touching my kids. I don’t care what the perceived risk is.
What are the chances, you wonder, that it would happen?
Well, the female consultant – the retired Air Force Vet of about 60 yrs of age – was given extra security after the scan revealed an unidentified something in her crotch area. She was pulled out of line, made to feel like a criminal as she got her pat down to make sure she wasn’t smuggling something. Even after they let her go on her way, she couldn’t help but feel like a criminal. The pat down reminded her of what cops would do as part of their arrest procedure. And the fact there had to be another woman in the room as the person patted her down made her reminiscent of a medical exam.
In the end, one admitted that it was the lack of experience with the scanners that resulted in extra pat downs.
She didn’t care – all she knew is how it made her feel.
G and I have been talking about what to do with the girls. While our airport has neither the scanner or the new security procedures, we know coming back will have it.
I have heard from the consultants who have researched this extensively that there are different procedures for kids. All I found on the TSA website was some video (which I will admit, I did not watch) and a blurb about how their goal is to make the kids feel comfortable with the experience. Ok, let me rephrase that like they did “to not feel uncomfortable with the experience”. Yeah, that makes it sound less creepy.
What do we tell our girls if they get pulled out for extra security? I mean, it’s not okay. It isn’t going to fix anything or prevent anything. How does he handle the situation without freaking them out or landing in jail?
To be honest, I’m not keen on them flying right now because of this issue. I don’t need either kid put through something that goes against what they have been taught in terms of strangers touching them inappropriately. These are not doctors – there is no good reason for it. The world isn’t going to be safer having them being “extra security screened”.
How do other parents feel about this issue especially if you plan on flying with your kids soon?
How are you going to approach it?