By Tom Z
11:41 AM EST, November 20, 2012
According to a new article in Business Week, all of those metal detectors, pat downs and body scans are slowly killing us. In addition to the heightened stress of flying and the money that could be allocated elsewhere, the TSA’s tactics are causing more people to travel by car, which is exponentially more dangerous.
Compare the dangers of air travel to those of driving. To make flying as dangerous as using a car, a four-plane disaster on the scale of 9/11 would have to occur every month, according to analysis published in the American Scientist. Researchers at Cornell University suggest that people switching from air to road transportation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led to an increase of 242 driving fatalities per month—which means that a lot more people died on the roads as an indirect result of 9/11 than died from being on the planes that terrible day.
I don’t understand why people are so upset by TSA practices. In this world of texting, emailing and twittering, a crotch pat down is a nice reminder of the old days of human-to-human interaction. I can’t lie, I get real nostalgic when that overweight black lady is grabbing my junk. And let’s not kid ourselves: the people who hate the full body scan are just embarrassed. I work out 5 days a week so that my grayed-over skeletal outline can look good. No, officer, that is NOT a banana clip in my pocket.
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