With Thanksgiving week upon us, no doubt Americans traveling to see family and friends are nervous. In order to calm fliers, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole released the following statement:
"We welcome feedback and comments on the screening procedures from the traveling public, and we will work to make them as minimally invasive as possible while still providing the security that the American people want and deserve. We are constantly evaluating and adapting our security measures, and as we have said from the beginning, we are seeking to strike the right balance between privacy and security. In all such security programs, especially those that are applied nation-wide, there is a continual process of refinement and adjustment to ensure that best practices are applied and that feedback and comment from the traveling public is taken into account. This has always been viewed as an evolving program that will be adapted as conditions warrant, and we greatly appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the American people.
We cannot forget that less than one year ago a suicide bomber with explosives in his underwear tried to bring down a plane over Detroit. The terrorists allegedly behind the thwarted cargo attempt last month are out there bragging about how they will strike again.
We all wish we lived in a world where security procedures at airports weren't necessary but that just isn't the case."
Even Secretary of State Hilllary Clinton, on "Face the Nation," said she'd avoid the procedures if she could.
"Everybody is trying to do the right thing," she said. "I understand how difficult it is, and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it. I am absolutely confident that our security experts are gonna keep trying to get it better and less intrusive and more precise."
I have a feeling we'll be hearing more negative news and seeing more upsetting YouTube videos of unhappy passengers this and next week.