The holiday season means one thing for people who travel on airplanes: long lines at the airport. Recently however, it has also meant a very invasive security checkpoint for those trying to get away on holiday.
In the past people saw it as an inconvenience just to have to take off their shoes, but now the inconvenience has reached a whole new level.
The Transportation Security Administration has now begun to enforce the random body scans and pat downs that have dominated the news media in the past months.
If someone refuses to do a body scan, which shows an image of what is underneath your clothes, the defiant must get a pat down from head to toe.
Many people have not taken well to this idea, including a Facebook page to discuss the negative aspects of this seemingly invasive process.
While it is necessary to have security measures to protect us, having such extreme forms of security may be a bit much.
These “random” scans and pat downs are only being enforced at 70 airports across the country.
If they are really going to enforce these security measures they should be done in every airport.
The scanners are also costing the taxpayers a lot of money.
With a price tag of $150,000 for each scanning machine, the TSA has spent a total of $75 million in taxpayer dollars to give travelers a sense of security.
The TSA should not be spending this much money on something that to this point has been ineffective.
Airport security has not captured one alleged terrorist or any person trying to do harm to the American people while using these scanners or pat downs.
These security measures are mostly being done for domestic flights because of fears over 9/11.
However their focus is not in the right place.
The TSA should put all of its security efforts into flights coming in from other countries where there are known terrorists.
Further tainting the reputation of the scanners is the lack of privacy they created when the x-ray images which were leaked online.
The images of that come from the scanners are supposed to be disposed immediately after the person passes through, but recently many of the images have been leaked to gizmodo.com.
Having these images end up where they are not supposed to is an invasion of privacy and it is unacceptable.
If these people are going to be looking at our bodies underneath our clothing, the least they could do is their job and dispose of the images as they should be.
The safety of the nation and its travelers is important and should be the main concern of the TSA and the government, but there has to be a more efficient, cost effective and less invasive way of making sure everyone lands and takes off safely.