The price of security

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Air travelers have an abundance of reasons to complain about their plight these days.

But walking through a body scanner isn't even close to the most onerous.

We're more offended by luggage fees that make it cheaper to mail your suitcases ahead.

Anyway, the tighter security gantlet that awaits passengers at American airports is unfortunate but necessary.

We all understand the possible consequences when terrorists are able to exploit our complacency.

And the scanners make it more difficult to smuggle a weapon onto a plane.

The Transportation Security Administration's other new tactic - a

cop-style body pat down - has also spurred widespread criticism.

But here's the thing: If you don't want the pat down, just walk through the scanner.

The pat down is reserved for passengers who refuse to go through the scanner.

Opponents contend that both the scanners and the pat downs violate passengers' privacy.

They key distinction, though, is that the government isn't setting up

scanners in your front yard, nor frisking you in your living room.

When you buy an airplane ticket, or any other ticket for that matter, you agree to abide by the rules of the ticket-seller.

And a rule that's designed to protect not only you, but the couple

hundred other people you share a fuselage with, seems quite reasonable.

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