Recently, there has been a public backlash against new airport screening procedures. Passengers rightfully object to scanners that reveal their naked bodies, and to enhanced pat-downs that would be considered sexual assault anywhere else.
John Tyner summed up this backlash perfectly: "Don't touch my junk!"
We object to these new procedures. They are just the latest symptoms of a series indignities imposed upon us since 9/11, such as . . .
Being forced to remove belts and shoes when screened
Seeing toothpaste and nail clippers confiscated
The underlying, absurd logic is that if you intend to board an airplane, you sacrifice your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. The right to travel—as fundamental a right as there is in a free society—has been turned on its head.
Even when the TSA tries to be helpful, it humiliates us. For instance, the TSA's PreCheck program is designed to speed people through security checkpoints.