Everytime I go through a TSA checkpoint, I get patted down now. EVERY time. Admittedly, some of it is because I refuse to go through the "new" full body radiation machines (not the old ones, I'll walk through those), I mean the new ones that look like radiation closets. My body has had 3 lifetimes worth of radiation, I am sure. But even where they dont have those machines (yet), they give me a patdown. And interestingly, the other people I see waiting with me for a manual search are ALWAYS people who look...uh..."different" from W.A.S.P.s, unless they are clearly college age.
I think the government has decided to use more profiling at these checkpoints than they used to, following the Israeli example. The Israeli example works efficiently, but what is the social and cultural cost of doing it here? I know I feel somewhat offended, even though the TSA employees try to be as accomodating as they can be.
(As an aside, one of the machines had a sign on it saying, "This machine creates less radiation per use than you will receive from 2 seconds of time up in the airplane." Somehow, that is NOT reassuring on ANY level.)
...wherever you go, there you are...
- hands out to your side, palms up.