Thinking of taking the kids to Disneyland, or better by far, going further into America to see its many beautiful sights, and enjoy its music and its monuments?
That’s fine. But think about the risk that your children might be touched in places and in ways by strangers that you have always told them to avoid, and done everything to protect them from as they grow up.
Or just ask yourself, do I need to go to the US so badly that actions that would amount to indecent assault in this country are accepted as a condition of travelling by air in America?
The adverse public reaction in the US in recent days to these intimate pat down searches or the alternative of being electronically strip searched by scanning machines in airport terminals is gaining in momentum with threats of boycotts by pilot unions.
This confronting cartoon (below) is all over social and general media in America today.
So are the experiences of a traveller, John Tyner, in San Diego, who was threatened with a $10,000 dollar fine if he choose to leave the airport without flying rather than having ‘his junk touched .’
During the course of that stand off, the passenger’s mobile phone recorded the conversations (below), and the Transportation Security Administration officials engaged in this situation waved through a number of other passengers to the boarding gates unscreened.
This second You Tube (below) records TSA officials threatening him with a fine for electing to discontinue his trip and leave the airport.
In other Orwellian developments travellers have reported that at some airports a refusal to be scanned by the machines leads to a loud speaker message OPT OUT, OPT OUT, booming across the terminal concourse.
What is happening at US airports has Australian relevance. Successive Australian governments have resisted the excesses of US airport security procedures but generally endorsed the basics.
There are very good medical reasons, never mind issues of decency, for pilots, cabin crew, and terminal workers who must often cross the landside/airside division to wish to avoid the strip search scanners that generate radiation which on a highly repetitive basis could be harmful.
And there are very good reasons why anyone would object to themselves and their children being examined in the nude by machine, or manipulated by hand because of the possibility that they had loaded their ‘junk’ with explosives.
This is shaping up to be a significant confrontation between state mandated molestation and a travelling public that has reaching breaking point when it comes to the political investment in security paranoia.
The viral anti-scan or touch campaign is calling for a National Opt Out day for mass civil disobedience by American travellers on November 24, which is the day before Thanksgiving, and usually the biggest day for domestic air travel in the US.