If you're thinking of traveling, get ready to do what air travelers do -- prepare to pay more and to be violated beyond any level you could have imagined a few years ago. And be assured the blame is bi-partisan.
The new airport security measures demonstrate a frightening willingness on the part of the government regulators to apply an authoritarian, and ultimately nonsensical, logic to a real, but controllable security problem.
During the Bush Administration, Democrats spoke up bravely about civil liberties. Suddenly they are quiet. And the Administration has so far supported this unholy marriage of bureaucratic insularity and big budget procurement.
Listen folks, I have some distressing news for you about full-body scans and pat downs. You're not that attractive and no one cares to see you naked. Seriously. Please put your narcissism in check. This ain't about you.
The new TSA X-ray images aren't like ordinary medical X-rays. They expose every fold, crevice, and anatomical detail. It is easy to discern if the subject has had a mastectomy, for example, or is circumcised.
The full body scanners are an obvious and very creepy violation of privacy. But the opposition isn't making much of a dent in terms of rolling back this unconstitutional measure: a new CBS poll shows that 81% of Americans favor the use of the scanners. Sad.
In the wake of complaints about tighter airport security measures, the TSA has announced that the cast of TV's hit show Glee will be randomly administering pat-downs to airline travelers who opt out of using full-body scanners.