More on the junk – touching.
November 18, 2010 § 2 Comments
Pat-Downs at Airports Prompt Complaints – NYTimes.com.
Ya think? I admit it — I am totally obsessed with the whole TSA good-touch/bad-touch thingy. I never want to get that close to my government.
Melissa McEwan has also an interesting discussion going on her blog. She, and others in comments, point out that part of the upset may because the people doing the pat-downs have a lower social status than those they are patting. Or sexually assaulting, depending on who you’re asking. And she’s right; these people are stuck doing a shitty job they never signed on to do.
Many of them cannot afford to quit — they have no way of supporting themselves and their families otherwise. It’s not like the job market is, well, existent at this time. At least not in the U.S. it isn’t.
But when does “I’m just following orders” cease to be meaningful? At what point do we say that people, no matter what, need to follow their conscience? I’m quite serious about this question, because in my view right now is that point.