Reader Kris in Atlanta sends us this story. Can the airlines and our economy in general afford the TSA? With 20% unofficial unemployment, can we afford to have them breaking all these business contracts?
As a business frequent flier I fly 2-4 times a week. Usually out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport. I always opt-out of the body scanners.
I arrived at the airport around 5:30am on Tuesday and proceeded to the south terminal security lines. Upon informing the agent I wanted to “opt-out” I was told to wait for a supervisor. Upon arrival the supervisor asked me which bags were mine. I motioned to my belonging which he collected. He handed me my bags and asked me to leave the airport. I was informed that opting out was not an option and that I needed to leave the airport. It wasn’t until I acquiesced and allowed them to perform a full-body scan that I was allowed to continue.
How in modern America is this possible? Has TSA forgotten that the are operating in the United States of America and I have rights. Do they know they do not have the right to “opt-out” of the US Constitution?
This is not an isolated incident. Each I find that TSA is a little more Stalin’esk in their dealings with the American people. Last week when I asked a question I found myself on the opposite end of a 10minute lecture from the TSA agent. Was freedom of speech suddenly removed from our constitution and someone forgot to inform the American public?