December 2010

December 2010: EDITOR'S NOTE - Let's Talk About Frisking

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Photography by Anne

Specifically as it relates to all of the holiday travelers who will be subjected to it in the next month. This is a hot topic, and some people are very angry at being “groped” by airline security crews. Just think, a few years ago we were outraged at not being able to bring our tweezers and giant bottle of shampoo on vacation. It’s gotten better, eh?

I personally don’t like to fly, so this is not much of an issue for me. I rather enjoy the journey of getting from point A to B via my automobile. A nice long car ride just adds to the fun anticipation of the trip. Also a factor, I am pretty sure that if a terrorist blows me up while driving, I invited the wrong person to holiday with.

From what I understand of the new security procedures (I read it on Facebook. JK.), you can opt to have a naked photo taken of you by a scanner, or, should you opt out of this, you can be frisked. If you are a female, you can request a female TSA employee to frisk you.

In my opinion (this is just an opinion—to all of you ready to write in blasting me with facts about inappropriate groping and personal violations), it is a precaution I can live with. I would much rather do a strip show for someone than not make it to my destination alive.

And let’s not forget the real victims here: the unfortunate airline folks who now have to frisk everyone as part of their job. If I were in their position, I would be outraged. “Hey wait a minute! I didn’t sign up for this. I am NOT a groper by vocation. I want a raise.”

A co-worker of mine, Stan, brought it to my attention that they were frisking nuns too, and that was just outrageous. To the contrary, I responded, there couldn’t be a BETTER place to hide a bomb than in giant habit! Didn’t the last attempted bomber hide it in his underwear?

So, to all of you holiday travelers, weigh your options carefully when it comes to how you will arrive at your destination. Gassing up the car and driving to Grandma’s house may not be a bad option this year. Unless of course you already have naked photos of yourself all over the Internet. Then you should be right at home at the nearest airport.

Happy Holidays to all! Until next year…

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