You know the deal by now: Security guards at airports can now give you a full-body massage if you refuse to go through screening devices that render you buck-ass naked on a computer screen.[jump]
Bachmann's solution: No body scans and no pat downs. Instead, follow the Israelis.
"The best security in the world right now is employed in Israel -- El Al Airlines in Tel Aviv. I think we need to bring Israeli security here to the United States and teach all of us how it should be done," she told the rightie website Newsmax. "I think we need to stop focusing on the things people are trying to take on airplanes and focus on the people. We know it's terrorists we're looking for, and not everyone should be considered guilty when they go through the metal detectors."
While we're glad that Bachmann's looking our for our junk, we're less happy that she's advocating a security system that relies heavily on profiling and runs roughshod over the quaint notion of civil liberties.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that everyone and their grandmothers are getting the hands-on, up-close-and-personal treatment at the airport, given the media feeding frenzy.
Despite some outrageous incidents involving idiotic conduct, with 2 million passengers screened each day, more than 99 percent are unaffected by the new policy. ... These scanners are in use at just 70 of the country's 453 airports, although more are being rolled out next year.
Still, it's easy to understand why travelers are a little squeamish about the possibility getting groped. Want to avoid it? Check out these tips from the FBI.
Here's an example of what the TSA can see at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, thanks to "millimeter wave" technology: