I understand that it’s important to protect our skies from people meant to do us harm. But occasionally, I question the tactics the TSA uses to get this job done.
One of my biggest problems, and not just mine, is the use of different types of xray machines that can see under our clothing. Not only is this an invasion of my privacy but I often question just how good a job they do. Sure, the TSA is now concerned that someone might take a non-metallic explosive on board, but are these new machines really the answer? How about bomb sniffing dogs or trace detection machines—both of which work extremely well without invading our privacy—in addition to the good old metal detector?
I wonder if these machines are being used for political reasons such as the fact that the lobbying firm owned by Michael Chertoff, former head of Homeland Security, represents the main manufacturer of the xray machines or the fact that some members of Congress are stockholders.
Either way, perhaps the video on this website will answer my main question: can the xray machines be beaten?
I understand that protecting our skies from terrorists is a tough job. And I thank those who are dedicated to doing that. But instead of buying products from the company with the biggest check book, how about listening to the real experts and follow their advice. We, as honest American citizens, will thank you for it.