Travelers not wanting a good dose of skin cancer causing x-rays, not wanting their naked body pictures shared among lonely government agents or being groped by TSA agents should stay far away from American airports this holiday season.
When you enter an American airport these days and purchase an airline ticket, you are relinquishing your Constitutional rights and are no longer protected by the Bill of Rights. TSA boss John S. Pistole testified before Congress saying the TSA will enforce the new policies despite complaints that the search methods are too invasive and a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The TSA warns that any “would-be commercial airline passenger” who enters an airport checkpoint and refuses to be subjected to “the method of inspection designated by the TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.”
The TSA has warned Americans that they may be arrested and fined $11,000 if they refuse to cooperate with the agency’s invasive and humiliating techniques.
“Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process,” Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, told the Palm Beach Post. The policy includes people who decide not to fly. The TSA will work with local police in order to make sure the person remains on the premises and answers questions. “Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.”
"All of us have a right to travel without such crude invasions of our privacy," the ACLU said in a statement. "You shouldn't have to check your rights when you check your luggage."
Perhaps we should all take the advice of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, and if you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.
Tell Janet Napolitano and the airlines, "Hell no, I won't go."