John Drake, 36, of York, Maine, flying yesterday with his family to San Jose, Calif., for Thanksgiving, had no complaints: “Travel is not a birth-given right. It’s a choice. And it’s up to our government to make sure we’re safe while we do it.” He called [the national Opt Out Day on the day before Thanksgiving] “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.
The TSA is missing the point. It’s not just the fact these scanners are taking naked pictures of us. It’s the fact there is no direct evidence saying the scanners are actually safe. Especially for people like me who fly all the time.
People like John Drake are missing the point as well. The scanners and the pat-downs are just another example of the erosion of our civil liberties. Some of us have had enough. The National Opt-Out Day is an act of civil disobedience.