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Petitioning Head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) John S. Pistole and 3 others
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Head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
John S. Pistole
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States

Hey, TSA: Airports are not strip clubs

   I am a law-abiding American citizen.  Like most law-abiding American citizens, I tolerate the long security lines and odious security procedures at our airports because I realize that terrorism is a threat and that we must detect terrorists before they get onto airplanes.  But I cannot tolerate the Transportaition Security Administration's (TSA) new security regulations.

   Under these new regulations, I will have to go through a full-body scan every time I go to an airport.  While I understand its security purpose, this still makes me and most other Americans a little squeamish.  But the full-body scanners aren’t so bad compared to what happens to people who refuse to go through them.

   Under these new regulations, people who refuse full-body scans for privacy or health reasons are given an even more invasive strip search.  Security can and must grope around their genitals looking for hidden weapons.   This is a blatant violation of our civil rights and dignity.  People who refuse full-body scans are not committing any crime.  So why are they being treated like they have already attempted to kill the President?  In any other situation, these strip searches would be called sexual harassment.  We do not allow such things in our schools, even though a school shooter can be a threat anywhere.  We do not allow our police officers to do such things to people who are not suspected of any crime.  So why is it considered acceptable for you to treat squeamish but law-abiding Americans like me as criminals who have no right to basic dignity?

   And it gets worse.  If, out of conscience or concern for our privacy and dignity, we refuse to be felt up by security guards, the new regulations call for us to be arrested and fined.  Just because someone refuses a strip search does not make them a terrorist.  All it means is that they want their basic dignity and freedoms to remain intact. 

Please send the TSA a message telling them that we will not stand by as our freedom and dignity are undermined.  Because if we lose our freedoms, the terrorists win.


Letter to
Head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) John S. Pistole
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
I am a law-abiding American citizen. Like most law-abiding American citizens, I tolerate the long security lines and odious security procedures at our airports because I realize that terrorism is a threat and that we must detect terrorists before they get onto airplanes. But I cannot tolerate your new security regulations.
Under these new regulations, I will have to go through a full-body scan every time I go to an airport. While I understand its security purpose, this still makes me and most other Americans a little squeamish. But the full-body scanners aren’t so bad compared to what happens to people who refuse to go through them.
Under your new regulations, people who refuse full-body scans for privacy or health reasons are given an even more invasive strip search. Security can and must grope around their genitals looking for hidden weapons. This is a blatant violation of our civil rights and dignity. People who refuse full-body scans are not committing any crime. So why are they being treated like they have already attempted to kill the President? In any other situation, these strip searches would be called sexual harassment. We do not allow such things in our schools, even though a school shooter can be a threat anywhere. We do not allow our police officers to do such things to people who are not suspected of any crime. So why is it considered acceptable for you to treat squeamish but law-abiding Americans like me as criminals who have no right to basic dignity?
And it gets worse. If, out of conscience or concern for our privacy and dignity, we refuse to be felt up by security guards, your new regulations call for us to be arrested and fined. Just because someone refuses a strip search does not make them a terrorist. All it means is that they want their basic dignity and freedoms to remain intact.
I am not asking that you stop providing security or scrap your new regulations altogether. I am merely suggesting that you change your guidelines. You should stop strip-searches on people who are not suspected of any crime. For full-body scanners, I am glad that you are working on new technology which will show only the basic outlines of people’s bodies instead of detailed pictures. Until such technology is perfected, I recommend that you have two different groups of scanners at each security checkpoint: females will go through one, males through the other. Only male security guards will look at the scans of males, and only female guards will look at the scans of females. This, along with the fact that images from the scans are already deleted immediately if no suspicious objects are found, will make going through a scan less uncomfortable. Finally, people who refuse to go through any type of scan or search should not be arrested or fined. They should not be allowed on flights (obviously), but they should be allowed to leave the airport in peace.
Thank you for considering my opinions. Please listen to us, the law-abiding, freedom-loving citizens of America. Please change your security guidelines in order to better preserve the dignity and freedom that terrorists are trying to destroy.