This morning’s debate centered around the new X-ray scanners at select airports across the U.S. Like a number of people, many in our newsroom feel that having to walk through an X-ray machine is too invasive. They’re not all that pleased about the “touchy-feely” pat down either. In fact, Susan Bahorich just came from talking to passengers at Roanoke Regional airport. To let you know just how opposed some folks are, one passenger, who wouldn’t go on camera said: “I’m not letting anyone touch my tits or butt.”
The pat-downs by the way are extremely extensive (at least that’s what’s being pitched). One argument in the newsroom is surrounding many of the people who are giving them…TSA Agents. The requirement to be a TSA agent is a high school diploma or a GED. Experience operating X-ray equipment is also encouraged. Perhaps, any “Average Joe” (even a child predator) could qualify to pat you down.
Look, my thought on it is this. I certainly am not thrilled about someone filling me up (as one of our producers said: they should at least buy you dinner first). However, if it’s going to keep me, my family and friends from becoming the next victim of a future Christmas bomber…pat me down!
It’s appears at least concerning this newsroom debate, I’m in the minority. A lot of people feel like “Big Brother” is becoming too hands-on. Maybe, but don’t turn around and complain when something catastrophic happens.
Sidenote: The X-ray machine has not made it to Roanoke Regional Airport (or as Bill Cosby called it Roanoke “International” Airport), so expect to get frisked.