Letter to the Editor

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 30, 2010 7:20 AM

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Mass body scanner refusals never materialized

In response to by Simeon Talley's Nov. 29 column, "TSA and American Liberty," I would like to say that I agree with what was said in the article. I do have a problem with the duality of the argument, however.

After the events on 9/11, I feel we as Americans ceded a little of our personal freedoms for the greater good of security. But, like Talley, I feel that it is just an illusion of security when it comes to the transportation agency patting down or screening every single passenger. I feel that it is just a way to make the American people feel something more is being done and our government needs to find a better way.

What wasn't mentioned in the article, though, was that although there was a lot of fuss in the media, a very small number of people refused to go through the body scanners over the holiday weekend, and there were no mass delays. I think this point should be analyzed and mentioned in a follow-up article.

Christopher Smith
University of Iowa senior

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