Friday, November 19, 2010

TSA Rhymes with Gay. Coincidence?

I travel a lot, often by plane, and, I am concerned about the new pat-down and scanner procedures of the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). My concern with the scanners is not so much that they show my naked body to the world, but that my naked body is so not worthy of such attention. If I were 50 pounds thinner, and if I had actually lifted weights at the gym rather than watch others do so, I might be more comfortable. But really, I wear size XXL to cover up a multitude of dietary sins. If I wanted some guy to view my naked body with x-rays, I’d move to Metropolis and kidnap Lois Lane.

Of course I don’t have to go through the scanners. I could allow a TSA agent to run his hands over my body to make sure that my testicles are not in fact grenades. But this option doesn’t appeal to me either.

Yet I am a patriot, and as such I am willing to allow my country to fool me into thinking that this technology can catch terrorists, and to scare me into believing that everyone from an 8 year-old kid to an 88 year-old grandma is a potential terrorist, so I will put up with it. But I
do have two suggestions to make this procedure more palatable.

First, increase the power of the scanners so that they are capable of identifying tumors and diseases, and have medical techs rather than TSA agents review them and inform me of my current health status. I’d be grateful for that procedure.

Or, if some guy is going to fondle me, why not hire trained chiropractors? Then they could feel for bombs and realign my spine at the same time. Given the horror of airplane seating, I’d be willing to undergo this kind of screening getting on and off the plane.

But until the TSA comes up with systems like these, I’m going for a third option: I’m go to claim I’m gay.

The TSA doesn’t allow a male agent to fondle a woman passenger because of the sexual impropriety, so they shouldn’t allow a male agent to fondle a male passenger if said passenger is gay. Since I would be more comfortable with a woman agent, I am, for all travel related purposes, now choosing to be gay.

If the government denies my claim saying that homosexuality isn't a choice, I will harness support from many well-known pastors and politicians who insist homosexuality is a choice. In a free country I can choose to be gay if and when I want to. And for TSA screening purpose I want to, so I am. And where are the churches and synagogues on this, anyway? Do we really want our children molested by people who aren’t even ordained clergy? And if homosexuality is a choice—which when I’m not flying it isn’t, but when I am flying it is—would we want to put homosexual ideas in our kids minds by having them groped homosexually at the airport? Could it be that the TSA is in fact on the front lines of the Gay Agenda? I’m just asking.

10 comments:

TheNote said...

As you add your voice to the debate - you give us a little humor - and some deeper thoughts. Golly i enjoy your outlook (I enjoy the fun way you spark our thinking.)

All Best to You,
(Grateful for YOU.)
g

Barry said...

On the one hand, it would be okay for them to check me if all the TSA people would line up and I could pick the one to do it. On the other hand, I remember that I'm the one who made the big deal about getting married to another man, so no one else gets to touch me. I guess they can look at the x-ray. At 61, it's not a great treat for anyone to see me naked.

Old Lady said...

How about group gropes?

spiritedcrone said...

Love it - thanks!

Jordan said...

Shalom All,

The article is nearly a year old but it's still relevant to this post.

http://bit.ly/8jECEP

Shabbat Shalom to all of us,

Wholeness,
Jordan

Peter Schogol said...

I find it amusing, and predictable, that Tea Partiers are the ones making such a fuss about the increased airport security. I guess those of us who don't mind the pat downs and body scans are insufficiently macho. If you've been as wanton in your youth as I was, having a guy stroke your spoke isn't anything new. It would be nice, though, if he was cute.

Karen said...

As always you are informative, thought provoking and entertaining at the same time. I don't know how you do it.

Karen said...

As always you are informative, thought provoking and entertaining at the same time. I don't know how you do it.

Karen said...

As always you are informative, thought provoking and entertaining at the same time. I don't know how you do it.

My Muse and Me said...

Do we really want our children molested by people who aren’t even ordained clergy?

Ouch. So painful yet so true.