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TSA: Security checks make flying a nightmare

Letter by Callum J. Flynn, Lakewood on Jan. 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm | 43 Comments »
January 6, 2012 2:42 pm

I am an 81-year-old male with blond hair and blue eyes. I am also a retired Army chief warrant officer.

On Dec. 2, I was subjected to one of the most humiliating experiences of my life. This was in retaliation because I declined the opportunity of permitting someone to view my naked body by using an X-ray machine at the airport.

It is beyond my understanding why the ACLU has not taken this up as a “cause celebre.” I am absolutely convinced that members of Congress and high-ranking officials of the executive and judicial branches are not subjected to such screenings.

The act of flying has been turned from a once tolerable, occasionally pleasurable experience into a nightmare.

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits searches without “due cause. With the unlawful searches at airports, people are being required to prove their innocence rather than the state proving their guilt.

I would rather follow someone onto an airplane who has a ticking backpack than go through another security check. It is time for Americans to start living and acting like Americans rather than a bunch of sheep.

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