Opting out as an individual is an excellent way to take a stand against the inhumane, unconstitutional policies of the Transportation Security Administration. It serves a distinct purpose in drawing attention to the issue of the invasive and abusive actions and policies of the TSA.
Public knowledge of the issue and grassroots support is growing at an alarming rate, and November 24th, national “Opt out day” is right around the corner. The grassroots efforts put forth on the 24th will certainly make for some interesting news and put the pressure on the powers that be. I hope the impact is enough to return sound, humane security measures to the daily operation of our airports, but I doubt it.
Personally, I believe it is time to up the ante. Nothing less than a full scale peaceful rEVOLution that includes a simultaneous nationwide boycott by customers, and a strike by pilots and flight attendants, is the only answer to the problem facing Americans who wish to travel freely and unencumbered by abusive, inhumane, Gestapo-esque TSA. It goes like this:
Day 1 ~ Conduct a nationwide strike/boycott, demand the airlines stop using the Advanced Imaging Technology, aka AIT or porno-scanners, and demand a cease and desist on the enhanced pat down procedures, aka groin and breast massages, immediately.
Day 2 ~ If they have not capitulated, continue the nationwide strike/boycott.
Day 3 ~ If they still have not capitulated, continue the nationwide strike/boycott. Rinse and repeat until they cooperate.
Day ? ~ After the cease and desist is accomplished, demand removal of AIT from airport premises within 10 business days. If they fail to cooperate and provide time-line for removal, start nationwide strike/boycott again.
Day whatever ~ Demand a return to airport run, private security and removal of TSA from airport premises. repeat strike/boycott until desired ends are achieved.
Repeat process relative to every other known federal incursion into the lives, property, and business of private individuals. In the interim drive, take a bus or a train, if you must fly, look into private charters from smaller municipal airports, Rinse, repeat, rest.
UPDATE: Since I originally posted this opinion I stumbled upon this article on FORBES calling for the abolition of the TSA. Bring it on I say!
Join the rEVOlution: