I understand the public is frustrated with the TSA. I empathize with the frustration
and grasp their exasperation. Unfortunately, it is part of the new world we live in where lunatic Muslim extremists target public transportation.
Of course the new body scanners are a bit much but sadly in this day and age it is the new norm. We want safe travel and publicity hungry groups stir up frivolous law suits if certain groups are subjected to additional scrutiny.
I want to point out the difference between profiling and normal investigative scrutiny. Person A is from country X and there is information that he is under investigation for money laundering. The crime pattern exists and the person has been identified as a suspect. This is different from grabbing person A at random and questioning him for no reason. Even the country of origin and the crime needs to be looked at for context person X is a cigarette smuggler from Mexico and person Y is a smuggler from Lebanon. Y would get additional scrutiny because the pattern of smuggling cigarettes for terrorist groups based in Lebanon exists. This does not infer Y is part of the pattern but must be investigated as the pattern has been identified.
None of us appreciate long lines and this dreadful new assignment has me pondering the impact of lines. The public has zero objection when a disabled person is granted
an expedite. Nor does the public object when military personnel are taken to the front. The officers generally look for the military people before they even are on the floor. A friend actually attempted to call the military case before I walked up the two escalators. There is no objection in liberal NY or VT for moving service men to the front. We are often careful when we say no to these types.
As far as the scanners go we should treat the TSA types as professionals. We do not cringe when medical professionals do their job. Pat downs should be done as a last resort after all other techniques have failed.