Do you sacrifice your rights when you enter an airport?

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  1. Dumbledore profile image76
    Dumbledoreposted 13 years ago

    Do you sacrifice your rights when you enter an airport?

  2. ptosis profile image68
    ptosisposted 13 years ago

    clearly your right to privacy no longer exists. ...

    but -
    You have the right to remain silent.
    You have the right to sing the blues.
    You have the right to cable TV.
    You have the right to sublet.
    You have the right to paint the walls. - No loud colors.

  3. point2make profile image61
    point2makeposted 13 years ago

    Unfortunately many people do not realize that , under current law, flying is a privilege... not a right and as such some of your "rights" are open to interpretation. When this situation occurs your "rights" can and often are easily superseded by security concerns . We need to educate ourselves on what is happening at the nations airports. The suspension of your "rights" as you understand them can be a sobering exercise in...personal privacy laws  101.

  4. Andi R profile image60
    Andi Rposted 13 years ago

    By using the optional service of flight, you do have to follow the guidelines set by security. It's not a procedure I enjoy, but I do understand that these rules are in place to keep me (and you) safe.

    I have been frisked at the airport before, but it was not with sexual intent. I did feel uncomfortable, but if someone was hiding a gun in their pants, I would want security to frisk them!

    If you do not like airport rules, you can take a road trip, a bus, or a train!

  5. krishubpages123 profile image35
    krishubpages123posted 13 years ago

    offcourse not, why we should sacrifice our rights...

  6. dragonlady1967 profile image70
    dragonlady1967posted 13 years ago

    hmmm?  well on a recent trip, the big airport was no problem getting through.  The small airport on the return felt I needed to empty all my belongings carry on and in luggage.  I did, but took a look around.  I realized I was the only woman on that flight.  So you tell me?

  7. jtcarr1164 profile image67
    jtcarr1164posted 13 years ago

    Of course you do. Is that right? NO. TSA has no business providing security for a private enterprise. Last time I checked, the government did not own the airlines...YET. I am sure our community organizer in chief has his designs on the airlines too, though.
         It has been a long time since I have flown a commercial flight (emphasis on commercial), but the things I have seen on the news the last couple of days are horrendous! We should be protected from this by the Fourth Amendment. This absolutely falls under unreasonable search and seizure.
         I have an idea. Lets get over being PC and start profiling. Feeling up a three year old girl while she screams "STOP" is beyond reason. There were not any three year old girls trying to fly an airliner into the World Trade Center, or blow up Times Square. Israel uses profiling with results. Take a lesson from them.

  8. profile image0
    L a d y f a c eposted 13 years ago

    The policies they have recently put in place fly directly in the face of the fourth amendment.
    The 3 year old kid who received the new pat down while screaming to her mother leaves something to be desired to say the least. I'm not sure if she was freaking out because her mom didn't get a chance to explain what the lady was going to do, and the lady just grabbed her; or if the kid just freaked out and the mother couldn't or wouldn't control her. I'm not advocating here, merely saying it could be either.
    While the 3D scanner is absurd, as it takes an image of your body as though you were naked (there's no way in heck those pictures aren't saved somewhere), you do have to option to choose the pat down instead. However, if you decide that you will take the pat down, you have to complete it. If you don't complete it you are threatened with a civil suit and a $10,000 - $11,000 fine. Just for deciding that you feel too uncomfortable and want to leave, declining your flight.

    That, to me, is infringing on rights.

    As for sacrificing, you know ahead of time what you're getting in to. If you consider not being patted down a right, then you do sacrifice that when you enter the airport, knowing that that is one of their security procedures. You make the choice to open yourself up to that possibility.

    Again, not saying any of this is right.

    On an upnote, they're seriously reconsidering the 3D machines due to all the uproar not only from civilians, but from state figures as well. Woo! No naked pictures of me on random servers! smile

  9. lav007us profile image61
    lav007usposted 13 years ago

    I agree with "point2make" that security is top priority and in order to ensure it, the security officials do make you abide by some restrictions. Now one may feel that his or her privacy and other rights are being compromised but there actually is nothing wrong about it . But I also agree with Ladyface that use of 3D scanner is absurd and not required at least for ladies and kids.

  10. profile image0
    jasper420posted 13 years ago

    i think so its ashame americans have to go through that just to travle they treat you like a crimanal

  11. Briton profile image61
    Britonposted 13 years ago

    Yes you do, and in good reason, do you wish to get where you are going in one piece, or would you rather have friends and relatives standing staring at a some memorial somewheres.
    As a person who regularly, and I mean daily, has to undergo these checks as well as submitting regularly to criminal and state security checks, yes it is right and proper despite your  complaints about your rights being infringed, that you are checked and its done to everyone and in the most conciencious manner possible.
    You are not going to rent the aircraft to live in for months on end, you are just going on a journey, from one point to another, but you are doing it in a potentially flying bomb.
    Thats the big feature here folks, so stop bleating about your so called rights and get real.
    An aircraft can not pull over and stop, when you are at height you are in an alien atmosphere only kept alive by the aircraft systems, if I was to pop you outside for a few minutes you would not survive.
    Neither would you or the aircraft survive should explosive decompression occur at altitude, and this can happen with either an explosive device going off or a projectile piercing the structure.
    The security checks are there to stop this happening, if you dont like the checks then strap on some wings and leap off tall cliffs if you still want to fly, because thats about the only place you are not going to be inspected.
    And finally it is right and proper that the Various Governments issue orders about security checks, the companys on their own initiative will not do it, they have to be told, or old man money will stop them due to costs.
    Your Governments instituted police and prisons to protect society,and the airport checks are a modern nescessary extension of those police powers, again to protect society.

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