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Rhetorical question about new TSA policy
(rhetorical means it's supposed to spark debate)

Assuming you aren't a sex worker, if you suddenly found that as a practical requirement for your job you had to occasionally and randomly submit to groping or nude pictures by a third party, wouldn't that constitute a "hostile workplace environment" and be covered by the existing sexual harassment laws? Couldn't you sue your employer for not working to alleviate the problem?

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But you do not have to submit to that. It is a choice.

Not a choice if your job requires you to travel internationally as one of your duties. You either get irradiated and photographed nude, or groped and/or forced to partially or fully disrobe.

As a condition of travel, it fails to add security commensurate with its cost in liberty and dignity, and I am looking into whether a case can be made that it violates ADA for victims of sexual abuse with clinical psychological diagnoses related to either of the bottom-line-reality "choices".


But you do not have to get "groped."

We cannot know how effective it is.

I find this one of those topics that people are either strongly on one side or the other.

If I am not mistaken, this only happens to selected passengers.

I was not aware that, if my job required air travel, that I could choose to avoid both the backscatter scanners or the new "groping" pat-down procedures. I was under the impression that if one is randomly selected, one could choose which form of degrading procedure you wished, but it was going to happen if you were to fly.

You twist my words.

You can avoid being "groped" by going through the machine.

I just don't see the big deal.

But we're never going to convince each other.

I apologize. Your question was rhetorical.

One way or another, your privacy is being breached in the name of a false sense of security.

I disagree on "false sense of security," but we all have opinions.

The very thought of being one of those selected passengers gives me enough anxiety to never want to fly again.

I'll throw a thought into the mix. What if you're someone who has a medical condition (pregnancy, implant, rods in your body) that would automatically set off a scanner or be bad for medical reasons. I can't say the thought of a pat down becomes voluntary then. How is that fair?

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