The Other Daughter

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The Hazards of Flying

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on April 19, 2011

Completely unrelated to Lara’s swimming, I have become very concerned about TSA searches at airports. Here’s the basic info from TSA on the new types of scanners.

Here’s the image that’s been scaring everybody who reads or watches the news:

Basically the TSA agent remotely viewing the scanner pictures gets a detailed image of what you look like with no clothes on.  TSA is working on changing the image so that it only shows possible dangerous items hidden in your clothing.  But for now, everyone gives the full monty.

I knew the scanners were not in the Austin airport.  But I completely forgot that they might be in the Boston airport.  It didn’t occur to me that Boston wasn’t nearly as enlightened as Austin. Anyway, I get in the security line at Boston Logan only to come right up to the horror-machine:

I have read enough about these that I should have been better prepared.  But in the moment I had to decide, either let them take a naked picture of me, or submit myself to 2nd base with a stranger.  Just to add to the horror, I kept thinking about this video of a 6-yr-old going through the TSA-approved pat-down.  I was filled with dread.  Then I was filled with anger.  I AM A FREAKIN U.S. CITIZEN! HOW DARE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SUBMIT IT’S CITIZENS TO SUCH DEGRADATION!?  And it’s not like this infringement on our rights actually makes us safer!

TSA and Homeland Security must be stopped!

Until then, here’s a list of airports to avoid.  (Also from TSA website.)

Airports who currently have imaging technology:

  • Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Boston Logan International
  • Bush Houston Interncontinental Airport
  • Boise Airport
  • Bradley International Airport
  • Brownsville
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
  • Cleveland International Airport
  • Corpus Christie Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dayton International Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Detroit Metro Airport
  • Dulles International Airport
  • El Paso International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  • Fort Wayne International Airport
  • Fresno Airport
  • Gulfport International Airport
  • Grand Rapids Airport
  • Harrisburg International Airport
  • Harlingen/Valley International Airport
  • Honolulu International Airport
  • Houston William P. Hobby Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Kansas City International
  • LA/Ontario International
  • LaGuardia International Airport
  • Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
  • Laredo International Airport
  • Lihue Airport
  • Los Angeles International
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • McAllen Miller Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Memphis International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
  • Melbourne International Airport
  • Mineta San José International
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
  • Nashville International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Omaha Eppley Field Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Palm Beach International Airport
  • Palm Springs International
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Phoenix International Airport
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Port Columbus International
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Rochester International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Saipan International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Sarasota Bradenton International
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Spokane International Airport
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
  • T.F. Green Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Toledo Express
  • Tulsa International Airport
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