Go to Europe, they pat you down at random, and no one complains. In England you have to face a gauntlet of questions before they let you on a plane. Isnt this the way it should be if we are going to prevent trouble?
In another post you say you rarely travel. I travel to Europe every other summer and have never been subjected to anything as invasive as the naked scanner or the grope-down. As a long haired cockroach looking hippie I pretty much always get extra scrutiny. But that's not the bad part of this whole scam.
It' s the whole idea of "as long as it makes us safe it's OK" that makes me want to puke. They make look up my anus so far they can see my tonsils, but that doesn't protect anybody from the air freight loaded in the cargo hold that nobody looks at.
On a more basic level when do we as Americans start to understand the concept of acceptable risk? Compare how many people died last year in car accidents against how many died in airplane terrorist attacks? We could save many thousands of lives by making cars go no faster than 5 mph but Americans won't tolerate that.
I won't fly domestically unless absolutely unavoidable, even before this slapdown of my rights. If I can drive there in 18 hours I will and avoid the airport.
BTW I've never flown El Al, Israel's airline, but from what I read they have the best security in the world and they manage it without asking that eople give up their basic human rights.
Sorry if this rant offends you but I'm pretty fed up with this whole system right now