Just Say No to TSA Full-Body Scanning

By Jeffrey Goldberg

The TSA now wants to see you naked. There's a way out of this -- demand a pat-down. It's less creepy, and less invasive. Far less invasive, in fact, because TSA officers have no idea how to conduct actual pat-downs. The frisking they do now is entirely symbolic. As I've pointed out in the past, frisking is only useful if it's invasive, which is to say, clever terrorists -- and we know that the TSA, at least under the rule of Kip Hawley, wasn't actually hunting for clever terrorists -- hide weapons in their anuses (just as prisoners do), and behind the scrotum. Small items, such as razor blades, can be hidden in the mouth, or between toes. Female terrorists have even more options. I'm not, by the way, encouraging terrorists to hide knives in their nether regions. I'm just pointing out that, as ever, TSA has left a giant loophole open for anyone clever enough to find it. 

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