Jueseppi B: Airport Security: Body Scan Or Body Bag?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23); “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'” (Luke 17:10).

Maybe I missed a memo . . . in fact, I must have. Or ten. Don’t conservatives love invasions of privacy? Don’t they believe that, when it comes to national security, there is no humiliation too great to suffer to protect this good and great country from acts of terrorism? Isn’t that, in fact, the patriotic thing? It seems, however, that when white dudes have to undergo similar inspections, patriotism flies out the window along with their love of securing our country. Suddenly — as Jueseppi B pointed out — when President Obama is endorsing the same security across the board that right-wingers just love when applied to Muslims only, it’s big government intervention! Communism! Socialism! Any ism!

Previously, my reservations regarding air travel were more focused on things like cancelled flights, missed connections due to drunken, sleeping, or video- game- playing pilots, or lost luggage. Now, thanks to that terrorist wann’ be, the airports are tightening their security. Don’t get me wrong; I think that is a good thing.

I will ask this simple question of those of you who are reading this – how does a 65 year old man, with gray hair, his bride of 44 years by his side, and one who has a very clean record of service to education for 42 years, get treated like a common criminal – or worst yet, a terrorist – when all I was doing was getting on an American airplane as a frequent flyer with a Gold Card? What has happened to my country?

There’s an old Navy command that may apply to everyday needs to keep the dorm room feeling larger. It is: “Clean sweepdown, fore and aft.” Set up The Daily Scanner schedules so that there’s one roomie assigned to sweeping, getting rid of trash and otherwise neatening up scattered shoes, clothing and everything else that could make the room looked lived in … by a colony of chimps.

The only person You hurt with your thoughts is yourself. TSA searches are just like anything else in life, not in your control. You do have control over your thoughts and reactions to them. It’s up to You whether You come from a loving place or a fear based place.

Some of the daily obstacles you face have no ready answer, as yet. I encourage you to use your first-hand knowledge of the problems to imagine possible solutions. Brain-storming with a partner or friend who is handy at working with wood or metal can result in a design for tools that do the jobs your hands no longer manage. Along with our son, my partner has turned many of my dream-designs into practical devices that help me work at what I love doing.

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