Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: airport security

Sep.
3rd

AIRPORTS: Screenings worth the inconvenience

Most of us complain periodically about airport security screeners. We think maybe they enjoy probing us just a little too much. According to a recent report though, we may not be giving them their just due. Perhaps they deserve more compliments than criticism.

Over the past 10 years, more than 50 million prohibited items have been confiscated. In 2011 alone, more than 1,200 firearms were prevented from being taken aboard planes.

I don’t know about you, but I can put up with a bit of inconvenience if it means I will be safer once on board.

April
15th

GUNS: Issue creates opening for national ID

Liberals’ call for background checks to purchase a gun is understandable, and even the NRA and conservative interpretations of the Second Amendment should bend a bit on this. Moreover background checks offer an ideal opportunity to compromise for the good of all Americans, particularly if background checks are done to institute a national ID card system.

Such an ID card could also serve as a combined Social Security card and draft card (for both males and females), and the basis to obtain an adult drivers license (each state could still manage its own specific administrative differences for minors).

This ID

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Jan.
12th

TSA: Scanners pose X-ray overdose risk

Re: “Experiences have all been positive” (letter, 1-11).

Though the issues of civil rights and privacy/personal embarrassment are really important, the discussion so far about airport scanners has left out a critical element: the safety of the scanners themselves.

As someone who got cancer from an overdose of X-ray radiation, I question the use of such potentially hazardous technology, especially when less dangerous alternatives are available. And I am not alone. The European Union banned these machines last year, “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety,” according to a EU press release.

The backscatter X-ray scanners

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Jan.
10th

TSA: Experiences have all been positive

Re: “Security checks make flying a nightmare” (letter, 1-9).

The letter was written by a gentleman having great problems with airport security’s full-body scan.

I am close to 81. I am also a veteran. My basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., in the 1950s included showers at midnight after a day’s field training.

Hot water was gone after about 25 percent of the platoon had some. Six or eight of us were squeezed in the small space like sardines. Any thoughts of shyness about proximity of various delicate body parts? You gotta be kidding.

Worried about my appearance in

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Jan.
9th

TSA: Appearance is reason to avoid search?

Re: “Security checks make flying a nightmare” (letter, 1-9).

Like the gentleman who wrote to complain about the intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration inspection, I am no longer young. I am also retired from the Army, my eyes are also blue, and my hair, when I had hair, was blond.

I usually make it through the airport checkpoints without any more, or less, hassle than anyone else. On the other hand, my son is, as I am, a pretty good-sized guy. Unlike me, his normal disposition is sunny, and he is usually smiling. Like almost every male of

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Jan.
6th

TSA: Security checks make flying a nightmare

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

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July
1st

AIR SECURITY: Cases are cause for concern

Re: “Airport security questions raised in stowaway case” (thenewstribune.com, 6-30).

So, a 7-year-old girl is a threat to security, a 97-year-old cancer patient is a threat to security but a 27-year-old foreign-born man with no ID and a stolen boarding pass is not a threat to security.

Ben Franklin said that a nation that gives up its freedom for a little security deserves neither. It seems we’ve reached that place in our history.

Nov.
29th

AIR SECURITY: Screening doesn’t address the real problem

The Transportation Security Administration, numerous pundits and journalists seem to have a selective memory loss. The oft-repeated mantra for the need to have full body scanning and/or invasive pat-downs has been the example of the “shoe bomber” and “underwear bomber.” Lately it has included “package bombs.”

The “shoe bomber” boarded his flight in Paris. The “underwear bomber” boarded his flight in Amsterdam. The “package bombs” originated in Yemen. The new and intensive screening of U.S. passengers would not, could not, will not prevent any of the above examples of airline terrorism.

Subjecting U.S. airline passengers to this intensive screening has

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