With Opt Out Day just 24 hours away (in Japan anyway), let’s have a quick look at what’s going on regarding the TSA policy of sexually assaulting its customers. The movement has grown to the point where the authorities have asked people not to participate since it will cause delays. Ummm… that’s kind of a) what’s happening when the TSA pull people out of line for pat downs, and b) why they are protesting!

The vox populi chosen for quotation in this interview make interesting reading though. One Leah Martin, 40, of Houston, said, “Whatever keeps the country safe, I just don’t have a problem with,” That’s nice. She’s totally sold out her liberties for the security theatre which has, up to now, not caught a single terrorist. Not one. What has stopped the terrorists has either been intelligence on the ground stopping plots before they could be hatched, or passengers in the air noticing someone doing something they shouldn’t, like trying to set their shoes or underwear on fire. The other person quoted said, “I mean, they <the scanners> make you feel like a criminal for a minute, but I’d rather do that than having someone touching me.” So it’s OK to be made to feel like a criminal for doing nothing aside from wanting to fly? Slowly trading their liberties for the appearance of safety one step at a time…

At least the head of the TSA, John Pistole, is ruling out full body cavity searches, for now.

TSA agents are felling the heat, and saying they feel harassed by passengers who resent being touched in places they would rather not. Gee, what a surprise! You treat your customers like crap, and they complain about it? What is the world coming to? Perhaps if passengers make the agent feel bad about what they’re doing, they might not do it….

Meanwhile the horror stories continue to seep out. Other passengers come up with their own ways of dealing with the situation.

(TSA Pedobear comes courtesy of here, but is a very apt comment on the TSA feeling up kids…)