I'm not a huge fan of the TSA nakedscanners. I haven't been since I first heard about them months ago. Anything that amounts to "This could really suck for you... but we've totally turned the sucky settings off, honest!" immediately has me going oh hell
no. You can imagine my shocked face when it was revealed that "We totally don't save the pictures, honest!" was repeatedly proven to be untrue
along with "It can totally see what you look like naked, but we don't turn them up to 11, honest
Now they've added in the new patdowns, which are frankly invasive even before you factor in the TSA agents who don't do them properly. I was saying on Twitter earlier today that I feel as though I'm watching a Psych 101 lesson: how much will people be allowed to get away with if they're wearing a uniform? Answer? way too much
. (Warning: some of the stories are triggering for sexual assault.)
Having seen this coming when it was a blip on the horizon, one thing that does make me happy is that the ridiculousness of all this is getting a lot of attention. It's now reached the point where people are trying to point out that no, really, it's possible to have safe air travel without
the A) naked or B) groped options.
Ergo I come bearing links:
Folks from Reddit have created Fly With Dignity
, which looks to be a great central location to use for trackiing the problems and trying to solve them. (Warning: some of the pictures on the front page may be upsetting due to sexual assault imagery.)
The ACLU has also stepped in offering ways to contact DHS
and asking for reports on experiences with the new system
so that they can begin to form a case. You don't have to be an ACLU member to use either of those.
There are more links out there, but this is just a start. Anyone who wants to include others in the comments is encouraged and welcome to.
Fair warning: this is NOT the place to talk about how everyone is overreacting, or how you personally don't have a problem with the new system so nobody else should, or how obviously the solution is to just not fly, or anything along those lines. I have neither the time nor energy for those conversations, so take 'em somewhere else.