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If I have to read another stupid word about how I should submit to indecent assault like a good girl because it will save lives, I’ll explode. Can’t anyone think straight? It is absolutely the contrary: This stuff kills people. It kills people because the more unpleasant, time-consuming and humiliating it is to fly, the more people drive. The more they drive, the more they die.
This simple, obvious logical point about transportation safety–quite separate from any arguments about civil liberties and decency–seems entirely to escape everyone who keeps babbling on about how we all just need to stop whining and sacrifice for the higher good of the public. Al Qaeda would have to take down a jumbo jet every day to make the risks of flying equal to those of driving. So if you want to save American lives by means of social engineering and government humiliation, make mandatory groin examination the condition for getting a driver’s license, not boarding a commercial aircraft. This is where logic leads you, if the only thing you care about is reducing transportation fatalities.
If other concerns weigh in your judgement–such as, say, having any dignity left as a nation–you will have already arrived at this conclusion, of course.