I'm so disgusted by the news today about airline/airport security.
This is from an article I read this morning:
People who are from or traveling from or through these countries are supposed to have full-body pat-downs and have their carryon luggage checked: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Yemen.
The U.S. has designated Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria to be state sponsors of terrorism. The other 10 countries are considered "of interest." People from there or traveling through there could also be subject to full-body scanning and explosive detection technology as part of their screening.
Okay, I have to say that this pisses me off for many reasons. I am all for airline security being raised, but seriously? The guy who had explosives on Christmas did it through Schipol/Amsterdam, Pan Am flight 103-the bomb went on at Heathrow/London and the Sept 11th terrorists got on board at Logan/Boston.
The point is, so now we are going to isolate and make the middle east countries hate us even more. If there is going to be extra scanning on people flying to the US, it should be at ALL MAJOR AIRPORTS! Especially since the major problems we have had have actually come from other countries, including our own.
I hate profiling for many reasons, the biggest being that it doesn't really help and usually makes things worse for the innocent people flying who just happen to be from a certain background. This is no different than what England did to the Irish in the 70s and 80s, except it is on a global scale.
One of the times I flew through Heathrow was the week they found out that the bomb for that Pan Am flight was put on in Heathrow and EVERYONE went through hours of security, everyone, not just middle eastern passengers and that was fine by me. We were all searched. That is how it should be, or trust me, someone like Timothy McVey is going to do some serious damage.
I was flying from Italy and through Heathrow and was late getting on board the plane to the US, my connection from Milan was late and I was running through the airport and I almost didn't get on, because they searched me like crazy and even though I was, "I'm American" they did NOT care and all airports should use the standards that Heathrow uses.
I have also been in LAX and the beepers have gone off like crazy and I have heard on more than one occasion, "It's okay, you're white!" which terrifies me to the very core.
Are people really so ignorant that they think that only middle eastern folks will join a terrorist organization? Or that no white person would ever want to do something so horrible? Again, I mention Tim McVey.
I am just sayin' this is asking for more trouble and isolating people even more. It is amazing that we never learn.