You feel dirty? You feel violated? Give me a break. Pat me down.

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So many are complaining about the new security pat downs and screenings.  You feel violated?  You feel dirty?  Huh?  Are you kidding?  The Today show reported on it and talked about a security worker who wrote about how he/she has cried after work because they are being called perverts, molesters etc.  That is saddening and just down right mean, they are doing their job and what they are supposed to be doing.  They are not patting you down because they want to touch you and feel you up..NO..they are simply doing their job, protecting us and trying to ensure our safety.  People want to protest the security screening/pat downs on Wednesday.  How are you going to feel after you do your protest and then a plane blows up or something else happens?  What kind of guilt are you going to feel if someone else gets hurt because you are being selfish and might feel a little violated.  What if the person behind you is protesting along with you and packing a knife or something and doesn’t get the pat down or the full body screening and gets on the plane with you and hijacks it or goes ballistic and hurts someone?  Think about all that can happen if the patting/screening doesn’t happen.  I don’t want some stranger patting me down but I also want to ensure my safety when I travel.  If the protest does happen there will be lines miles long for the security points, there will be absurd hub bub and much more stress caused by this than not.  If you are traveling on Wednesday and planning on protesting the screening think about all the others that are waiting on you to get over yourself because all they want is to get home to their families and have a great holiday.

If you want to be sure you are safe when you travel you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  There are certain procedures that need to be done to make sure we are not on a plane with a concealed weapon.  Yes some are invasive, a little awkward, weird or what have you but they are put in place to secure our safety.  9/11 was an extreme tragedy and I think we should all keep that in the back of our minds when we step up to the security point.  I don’t want to relive that day and I am sure you don’t either.  It’s not only 9/11, its the guy that had the bomb in his shoe and all the other episodes that have been in the news.  Maybe every night on the nightly news they should report on how many concealed weapons are confiscated on a daily basis, show a tally of how many questionable people would have been on a plane with innocent bystanders if the screening didn’t take place.  Yes we want everyone to be an honest human and not carry something dangerous, we want everyone to love one another and not want to hurt another being, I am so sorry to report that is never going to happen.  We as a society must take off the blinders and look around at the world it is today.  It isn’t pretty all the time.  There are plenty of lunatics and just down right mean people that have nothing but evil intentions traveling with us on a daily basis.  I would rather not travel with them personally, I would rather them, along with me, be patted down and searched if something is suspicious.  It’s such a small percentage of people that are getting patted down when you consider how many millions of people travel on a daily basis and it makes me wonder how many of the ones that are complaining have been patted down themselves or is it that they just have the fear of another human touching them.

What are your thoughts on airport security?  Will you complain or feel violated if you get pulled for a pat down or full body screen?  Do you want Jo Shmoe on a plane with you with a knife?

About Jamie

Taking my time through this A-Mazing thing called my life. I'm the owner and photographer at The Adore Girls here in Nashville TN. Life is what you make of it and I am making mine...AMAZING!

Posted on November 22, 2010, in Events, humans, life, Me, miscellaneous, Other and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I agree. This is what we have to do. There are some unstable people in this world . We have to take precautions.
    How do people not get that?

  2. I feel bad for the employees that are required to pat people down as much as I am for the people getting the pat down.

    I don’t like the intense amount of security and am willing to take the extra risk of not having some of it but I think a lot of people want to be ensured their safety but also not have to submit to some of this unpleasantness. Unfortunate that it can’t quite work that way.

  3. makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

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