The people have spoken: They don't like being seen naked by airport security staffers (who are in all likelihood not paying incredibly close attention to your genitals), and they don't like being groped by 'em, either. Even Hillary Clinton said, this morning, that she'd avoid a pat-down if she could, adding, "Who wouldn't?" Actually, polls show that the majority of Americans still support the airport security measures, but a lot of people are complaining, too.
Still, today on CNN, Transportation Security Administration president John Pistole said, "We're not changing the policies." And then the cries grew louder and louder, drowning out all else. Some Republicans might be complaining just to undermine an Obama-approved policy, while some cancer survivors who were forced to expose prosthetic breasts have more understandable issues with the measures. So, finally, later this afternoon, Pistole e-mailed Politico:
"Airport screening procedures will be adapted as conditions warrant, and we will work to make them as minimally invasive as possible, while still providing the security that the American people deserve. We are constantly evaluating and adapting our security measures, and we are seeking to strike the right balance between privacy and security. In all such security programs, there is a continual process of refinement and adjustment."
It's not a very bold promise, but it makes clear that a vaguely annoying and arguably invasive security procedure has become the defining issue of our week. Stand up, Americans, and make yourselves heard, if a tiny bit less safe.
TSA chief: Screening may evolve [Politico]