There's been a lot of buzz in the news recently about the new TSA airport security regulations--the backscatter machine and the aggressive pat-downs that went into affect on Nov 1st. Some of the common concerns that I've heard are:
-Heightened radiation exposure with the full body scanners
-Concerns that the "naked" images of us or our children can be saved (TSA officials say that they cannot, but a similar machine in a Florida courthouse apparently had thousands of saved images when it was dismantled).
-Concerns about the aggressive pat-downs if you elect not to use the backscatter machines (or apparently if there is not a backscatter machine at your airport), which focus on genital areas.
-The fact that, apparently, once you "begin" the TSA screening process by getting in line, you MUST finish it. If you are uncomfortable with the screening process, ask for it to be stopped, and just elect not to fly, you are subject to an $11,000 fine.
So I'm curious--what do you think of the new procedures? Are they a necessary evil to protect national security? Do you associate more with Benjamin Franklin's famous quote that those who would give up liberty for security deserve neither? Have you flown since the new regulations came into affect?