Tuesday, November 16, 2010
What do authorities do in the face of a popular revolt? Here is one -- protest against full-body scanners and full-body searches. Pilots, flight attendants and members of the public are furious about the intimate inspections. So far, the government is remaining firm about the need for them, but at some point it may become a critical issue if there is mass rejection of the procedures. It is a major PR issue for the government and one that should be addressed immediately. The question is how to ensure security and passenger safety without invading privacy. There is no easy answer to this question and never will be. Perhaps the government is expecting passengers to get used to the procedure eventually and the protests will die down. But what if they don't?