If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Fly!!

Last week I had to fly to New York City for a quick business trip.

These days, I try to avoid flying as much as possible, not because I dislike flying, but because I loathe the airport experience. Or more specifically, I loathe the TSA peek and grope.tsa

I know in the big scheme of things, the TSA doesn’t represent the gravest threat to liberty. But it certainly counts as one of the most tangible. I can literally feel it running up and down my leg.

Every time I go through a TSA checkpoint, I leave feeling violated.

We’ve all heard the stories of TSA agents groping cancer patients, grandmothers and little kids. Of course, they do it for “security.” But it doesn’t even serve its advertised purpose. I worked in the airline industry for almost 7 years. I can assure you that the TSA mostly engages in “security theater.” Does anybody really believe it necessary to grope grandma in order to protect airplanes?

But even if it actually did make us safer, the federal government lacks the constitutional authority to serve as airport security, and many of its actions clearly violate the Fourth Amendment.

Still, many Americans defend the TSA, and they primarily advance one argument: if you don’t like it, you don’t have to fly!

This ignores the fact that the TSA vividly illustrates the concept of “mission creep.” Not content to violate our rights at airports, the agency now does unwarranted searches at bus stations, train stations and along interstate highways. I guess if you don’t like it, you don’t have to fly, drive, take the train or ride the bus. That leaves walking – as long as I don’t walk into a sports stadium for a major event, because I’m apt to find TSA agents there too.

But I find the “if you don’t like it” argument absurd on a deeper level. Why do I have to make a choice between convenient transportation and having my rights violated? How about this: the TSA quits violating our rights and then, if you don’t like it, or feel frightened by the lack of peek and grope, you can choose not to fly.

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2 Responses to “If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Fly!!”

  1. CarolMay 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    The TSA is not violating your rights. They are ensuring you do not violate others rights. Unfortunately the laws and rights set forth many many years ago were created in a time before global terrorism. If one person is caught and one life is saved, it’s worth it. So yes, if you don’t like it, don’t fly.

    • Michael MaharreyMay 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

      You’re right. I’ve changed my mind. In fact, I think we should completely ban commercial aviation. Last year, 428 people died in commercial airline crashes (planes with more than 19 passengers.) If we ban commercial aviation altogether, that could save like 500 lives per year. I mean, if one life is saved, it’s worth it, right? That’s the criteria we’re operating on here. While we’re on the subject, we also need to ban driving cars. Very dangerous.

      Again, like I said in the post, how about we disband this unconstitutional federal agency and allow airlines and airports to handle security on their own? I’m pretty sure they would do a better job. They certainly couldn’t be any worse. And if you are such a frightened little flower – don’t fly.

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