Have Americans finally had their fill of the heavy-handed tactics of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)? Are parents en route to Disney World fed up with having their three-year olds brought to tears by manhandling TSA employees? Will senior citizens stop consenting to be prodded and poked while seated in a wheelchair from which movement may be quite painful? Are adult air passengers finally ready to declare, "enough is enough?"
TSA has greatly increased the number of full-body scanners at airports across the country, and instituted a program of aggressively hand- searching passengers who decline the full-body x-rays. Whether these indignities finally will prompt the travelling public to rebel, however, remains to be seen.
After all, for every traveler who realizes that a full body scan or physical body search conducted after they already passed a weapons and explosives detection device, adds little if anything to their safety, there are others who shrug that, "if it makes us safer, well, that's the price we have to pay." And for every citizen who understands that the Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting an intrusive search of one's persons and possessions without any suspicion they've done anything wrong, there's another who accedes to such searches, because they "have nothing to hide."
Recent polls indicate an air passenger rebellion is brewing; and none too soon. As a nation, are we ready to reaffirm our heritage and cast off the yoke of fear that has gripped us since September 11, 2011? Do we become once again a nation of laws -- in which the Bill of Rights still has meaning -- or have we succumbed to the federal browbeaters who assert that whatever intrusions they assert are necessary for them to protect us, are permissible? Are we willing to ask the tough questions?