Has the TSA gone too far?


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They say you can’t fight city hall. But this week, which happens to be one of the busiest traveling weeks of the year, there appears to be a growing number of travelers who are intent on fighting the TSA—the Transportation Safe Administration.

These travel-weary travelers, who have begrudgingly endured being sent trudging through the nation’s airports shoe-less, shampoo-less and now toner cartridge-less, appear to have found their Tipping Point.

And that Tipping Point is otherwise known as the “enhanced front-of-the-hand full body security pat-down.”

As an alternative to having your body infiltrated with gamma rays from the new full-body scanners in the nation’s airports (and giving every TSA agent within eye shot a glimpse of what you really look like sans clothes—too bad the X-Ray Specks we ordered from the back of comic books didn’t worked this well…), travelers can consent to a full-body security pat-down. Folks, even John Dillinger didn’t get frisked like this.

Anyway, a lot of travelers have had it. For them, the TSA has crossed a line, moving from inconvenience to outright personal violation in the name of “security.” And they’re organizing via Social Media to protest these acts by overwhelming TSA agents by requesting the pat-down instead of consenting to the scan. The idea is to take an already busy travel day and throw sand in the gears to make their point. This two-minute Associated Press video will give you the highlights.

Is this really wise? Will it pose not only an inconvenience to travelers across America, but pose a safety risk as well? We’ll know after the holidays. One thing is for sure. This nascent movement could never have gotten going without the help of Social Media and the way it helps connect like-minded people and groups.

We at Quisenberry Marketing and Design wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and if your plans include travel, we hope you arrive at your destination with a minimum of hassle.

And if that doesn’t happen, you can always blame Facebook.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Mickey Lonchar
Mickey Lonchar has spent the better part of two decades creating award-winning advertising with agencies up and down the West Coast, Mickey currently holds the position of creative director with Quisenberry Marketing & Design, a full-service advertising and interactive shop with offices in Spokane and Seattle, Wash.


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