There's an article in the New York Times today about the upcoming call to protest the backscatter x-ray machines at the security screenings in airports.
Joe Sharkey says at the end of his article "I'm getting a lot of questions about the new security regime, including some pointed ones from women. Do the imagers, for example, detect sanitary napkins? Yes. Does that then necessitate a pat-down? The T.S.A. couldn't say. Screeners, the T.S.A. has said, are expected to exercise some discretion." What the hell? What right does the TSA have to know that a woman is menstruating?
From the article it sounds like the pilots' union is making some headway at getting the TSA to exempt pilots from having to go through the screening. I like this quote "Pilots have long bristled at being subjected to intensive security when, as they point out, a pilot in control of an airplane does not need a Swiss Army knife to bring it down." Heh. But what can us non-union folks do to get a seat at the table with the TSA?
I kind of wish I were flying on Wednesday just so I could do my part to clog up the works. Not that I want the people traveling to be delayed. That sucks. But we have to make a stand. We can't let the government do this to us.