“The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change,” reads the call to action at OptOutDay.com, set up by Brian Sodegren “No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy, and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.”
These body scanner’s and “enhanced pat-downs” really bother me. And I’m one of the least likely to be offended. I don’t’ travel often enough to be concerned about the radiation, I’m practically a nudist, and love a good grope from the right person! It’s the erosion of personal liberty’s that is really offensive to me.
I know it’s become a cliché, but didn’t the terrorists want to change the way we live our lives and impact our freedom? Yes, freedom: the thing I hear, over and over, that is what America stands for!
Anyway if I was traveling in the States on the 24th of November I would be one of the people making an Opt-Out Statement. I guess it’s unfortunate that it might disrupt Thanksgiving plans but as the organizer says: “Chaos makes great news, sure, and news makes great exposure for a cause such as this.”
This is a perfect example of Corporate Hating™ who’s essence is “Big Business listens when people start screaming”™ and apparently the screaming is getting louder as more of the scanners go live. Geoff Freeman, an executive vice president of the U.S. Travel Association has been quoted as saying: “We have received hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from travelers vowing to stop flying.”