The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a thorn in the side of Americans everyday, and it is, frankly, an affront to anyone who desires to live a free life. But did you know that there is a certain group of people (other than TSA employees) who regularly bypass TSA regulations about invading travelers’ privacy and get away with it? It’s true.
It’s the rich. And not just any rich, but the very wealthy who can afford their own private jet.
Now, I realize that this is not a privacy option which most travelers can take advantage of, but it’s worth pointing out that our society has deteriorated to the point where equality is no longer even much pretended. We have a class of people who are exempt from the rules that the non-wealthy must abide by. We have a privileged few.
Now, it’s fair to ask why you should even care about this news because most people won’t escape the clutching and probing, prodding and groping hands of TSA employees if they want to fly in a plane.
For two reasons: 1. You may want to decide to make changes in your work life to generate the kind of income necessary to buy a private plane. or 2. You may want to find other ways to travel if you want to keep your privacy because the situation with the TSA just got worse. CNN writes,
“The Transportation Security Administration can now mandate some passengers go through a body scanner even if the travelers ask to opt out and get a full-body pat-down instead.
“Mandated screening for some passengers would be ‘warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security,’ the TSA said in a document updating the protocol.”
“Warranted by security considerations.” In light of the TSA incredible lack of successes in stopping terrorist attacks, this statement seems to translate to: “Whenever we feel like for whatever reason.” It doesn’t help that the TSA has been accused of using it’s “security” measures as a way to molest women and hassle passengers without any justification other than the licentiousness of the TSA employee.
Our suggestion: Find low key ways to travel that don’t require you to fly even if you have the ability to buy a private jet because that kind of wealth doesn’t keep you out of the government spotlight. It just allows you to often sidestep government intervention. If we have another J. Edgar Hoover in office, though, even your money may not be enough. It might be worth taking those low key travel methods and disappearing. Maybe even out of the country.
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