Richmond Airport (TSA) Informative - You can always say 'No'
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- Once again I journey into less-traveled seedy topics that are better suited for graffiti than a consumer gripe site but this time it's personal and it ain't my fault Can you believe the TSA wanted a glimpse at my no-no special place. Excuse me but whether I've been circumcised or not is not the business of some TSA agent behind the curtain.
What the heck are you talking about Stew? It's called a millimeter wave imaging machine which despite the TSA propaganda takes full body scans so detailed that it basically renders your clothes invisible. The machine is a tube you stand in with your hands over your head while you are scanned. The picture is transmitted to a TSA agent out of view. This agent reviews the pic and then radios back a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Welcome to the Culture of Fear.
Like an obedient pup I kick off my shoes and put my stuff on the conveyor then head over to walk through the metal detector. Oh not so fast. I was chosen for the full body scan. Ya know there comes a point when enough is enough and this was that point.
I asked the TSA agent if I refused the full body scan would I still be permitted to pass. She said yes but only after an aggressive pat down. I look around and only see women wearing the TSA uniform. Hell Yeah! Aside from that though if you are going so violate my most basic privacy then you're gonna do it face to face. I said I choose the pat down please.
She directed me to walk through the metal detector which I did then I stood there waiting for my aggressive pat down. She motioned her hand with a wave and said eh you can go on your way. Imagine my disappointment.
As I sat there putting my shoes on I saw a woman who was about 70 years old standing in the millimeter wave imaging machine with her hands in the air like a common criminal. She had a look of fear or embarrasssment or even shock on her face. How sad what we have become. All this because some corporation through influence, favor and lobby was able to successfully peddle a multi-million dollar piece of unneeded junk onto the tax payer. And make no mistake about it. It's not about terrorists. It's all about selling fear and selling product.
Just say NO!