Janet Napolitano – US Secretary of Homeland Security – has a word of advice for all of you who want to take an aeroplane but who don’t want to have your genitals groped by a TSA agent: It’s my way or the highway.
Talking at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Napolitano said that TSA’s body scanners don’t violate passengers’ privacy rights. She also said that “if people want to travel by some other means,” they have that right.
And she’s completely correct. You have that right, people. Do you want to travel from New York to Los Angeles? Take the car. Or the train. Or run, Forrest, run. Do you want to travel to Paris this summer? Easy. Get in your bloody car and drive all the way to Alaska, then cross the Bering Strait in a ferry, and drive all through Asia down to Europe.
But if you want to take the aeroplane, you will have to be the object of the stupid, incoherent and ineffective TSA rules, which include naked pictures at the body scanner or a touchy-touchy session. Just deal with it, OK?
Dammit, Janet. Thank you for reminding us of our rights. [USA Today]