Monday, August 19th, 2019

Planes, trains and automobiles, the get naked edition


David Limbaugh at reports a new Zogby poll suggests a large segment of the public will protest the new airport screenings and probings with their checkbooks.

new Zogby poll reveals that 61% oppose full body scans and TSA pat downs. But get this:48% will seek alternatives to flying. Among frequent fliers, 59% oppose the procedures and 43% (or 42%) will seek alternatives to flying.

That would be good news for the high-speed rail fanatics, right? Wrong. The Hill reports:

The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.”

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

You thought taking the train was inconvenient before, wait until you have to stand in line for the government to look at you naked. Jeremy Shown points out that airplane passengers may not have an alternative that allows people to travel the same distance in the same period of time, train passengers generally do. They can always take the automobile and get to their destination just as fast, if not faster. Janet Napolitano could do more damage to the train industry with her security measures than 50 governors like Scott Walker.

At the same time, it only makes sense to extend the security measures to trains when you consider what happened in London and Madrid.

As if anticipating the long lines to be seen naked at the airports and at the train stations, someone in Waukesha decided to go for the convenience of the car. In today’s Waukesha Freeman,

An indecent exposure incident was reported at 1:36 p.m. Nov. 17 near Arcadian Avenue and Highway 164. A caller reported a man in a vehicle next to her exposed himself to her at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 17.

I’m sure when the police catch up to him, the indecently exposed will protest his innocence. “I thought she was an airport screener.”

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