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on this day Andrew Beane wrote ~ the
gloves are off .. and the rubber gloves are on at the nation's airports
and bus stops. Starting today, the Transportation Security
Administration of America
began implementing full body cavity
searches for all passengers on both domestic and international flights.
Random body cavity searches are also being conducted at various bus
stations around the country. The reaction of the traveling population has
not been pretty.
"With the rhetoric we hear, one would think this is
what they were doing now.... " - reader's comments
Florida, the father of a thirteen-year-old child was arrested for
assaulting a TSA agent who insisted on performing a cavity search on the
child. In Augusta, Maine, every bus at the Greyhound station sat empty as
passengers protested the searches. In Los Angeles, a Delta Airlines flight
took off with only one passenger. Upon landing, the passenger said that
after twenty years in prison, the search did not bother him in the least.
The heightened security measures came after the November 23rd attempted
bombing of Lufthansa flight 912 by Yemeni terror suspect Hakim al-Assad.
Assad, known as the "butt bomber" in the blogosphere, attempted to
detonate an egg-sized capsule filled with plastic explosives that was
inserted in his rectum. He was restrained by fellow passengers when he
failed to detonate the device by cell phone while flight attendance
repeatedly instructed him to put the phone away.
President Obama told the nation that though the new security measure seem
extreme, they are necessary in making sure America?s skies are safe and
secure. Conservative radio personality Glenn Beck was quoted as saying
"President Obama should not make such positive comments about this new
procedure until he, too, goes through such a search".
Anger over the new security measures has caused an immediate drop in
ticket sales, as the Christmas traveling season looms just over the
horizon. Some analysts fear that commercial transportation could grind to
a halt, with courts doing the same as lawsuits against TSA and other
security agencies tie up the legal system.