As many of you have probably already heard, the TSA has installed scanners at airports, which take virtually naked scans of you (face blurred) and send them to a TSA employee who reviews them to ensure that you're not hiding any weapons (other than the obvious one for males) under your clothes. If you find this to be a little intrusive (imagine that!), then you have the special molestation alternative where the TSA can pat down your groin for you instead. Even President Obama has weighed in on this issue.
To provide you with a first hand account of the special molestation option, the following is a link to the blog of John Tyner, the man who said to the TSA - "You touch my junk and I'm going to have you arrested" (already an instant classic in my book, right after "Dont tase me dude!"), when they informed him they would be patting down his cock for him because he did not agree to the naked scan of him.
I travel. Quite a bit. Surprisingly, I've actually not yet been asked to go through one of the new 'violate my civil rights' scanners, I had previously thought about what I would do if I was. My instinct was to decline to have naked pictures of me taken. Not because I have a problem with being naked, but more so because I think this is excessive. The reality is that between having our luggage screened twice, not carrying liquids over 3 mls, taking our shoes, belts, wallets, coins, pens, phones and putting them in bins, going through the normal scanner etc, I feel that we are doing enough to ensure our safety and the safety of others.
I'm not convinced being photographed naked is adding much vis a vis safety, but it is taking away a lot of our privacy, our civil rights, our right to say enough is enough! Therefore, I am making a commitment here today - I will reject the 'violate my civil rights scanner' whenever I fly - which is fairly often. By definition, that means I will be agreeing to the special 'cock pat down' option. I will not become an internet legend like John Tyner during that process, but I will definitely make it weird for the guy who gives me the cock patdown by asking - "did that just make us all safer"? while he does it. I also encourage others to do the same. Please take your travel during the thanksgiving holidays as an opportunity to join the revolution - say fuck no to the invasive naked scanners and enjoy a good free feel up by your friendly TSA agent prior to your flight home (and back) for the holidays.
TSA, you can take naked pictures of me...but only if you get off to them. Other than that, Dont Touch My Junk Bro!
TSA walks up to you and you had to pick, your response would be?