Don’t Touch My Junk

The Media is perhaps one of the most influential sources of labeling. How often do we hear the message: “He/She is…” on the news today?  However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be people that the media labels. Labeling situations is almost just as bad as labeling individuals themselves.

The words “Don’t touch my junk” are possibly going to form the next catchphrase that will embellish T-Shirts and bumper stickers.  John Tyner, the man who refused a body scan and pat down search, recorded a video of his experience of traveling by plane. In the video, Tyner was asked to go through a body scan. When he refused he was offered the next approach, which was a pat down search. Eventually, Tyner was simply unable to board the flight and left the airport, but only after being threatened with a lawsuit and fine for not completing security screening.

It’s unfortunate that we have to suffer through such devious routines when trying to travel. On the other hand, we are only securing ourselves, and security is very essential due to the current hazards of terrorism that we have today. However, when do we draw the line between security and personal rights? Is it right to sacrifice our rights for safety?

What the government is initially doing is reminding us that there is a possible threat, and reconstructing our fears of terrorism. They are spreading a devastating fear throughout our country, and isn’t that what the mail goal of terrorism is?

Why must we keep being reminded about the threats that are plaguing U.S. citizens? It is all for the sake of safety.

The terrorist attack of 9/11 was indeed one of the most tragic events that I have seen. A big part of that tragedy stems from the large amount of people who died. But there is but a smaller part that remains tragic in our society today, and that Is the anxiety of terrorism. Our coping methods and security screenings are only fulfilling what was originally intended to do, and that is to spread fear.

I’m not saying to reduce the amount of security we have, but I do hope in the future that we figure out more refined ways to establish security.

trevor Smith

One Response to “Don’t Touch My Junk”

  1. Corey Grant says:

    The new TSA requirements are beyond absurd. Why is it that in order to fly one has to face the risk of assault? How can it possibly be inappropriate for me to touch a random stranger in this manner but appropriate and just for the TSA to do so? How could it be that I would go to jail if I touched a minor’s groin area but the TSA gets to in order for national security? A spade is a spade no matter how you look at it. Either it is okay in all circumstances or not okay in any. That fact is, that is it not okay at any time and it is not okay for the TSA to do is. Now, for the body scanners.. this is also not okay. Why does the government need to me see me naked and keep the image? What are they doing? Creating a data base so that they can later go back and see what I should be looking like? That’s absurd. Come on people, this is the United State of America, home of the brave. But, do I really need to go showing everyone my goodies in order to get on a plane or having people touch them? i don’t want to be that brave… y’all.

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