I'm just saying, if we can ignore our Constitution, why can't we also ignore whatever profiling laws are out there? If we really are doing this for safety reasons, then let's go all the way and use everything we can. I understand that you don't like profiling, but for the good of all others, why not? (sarcasm alert)
It's a very, very difficult situation and all sides have a good point. But I think we should consider everyone's reasoning before we hastily make a decision to look at people naked or feel them up. And if you were just being sarcastic, like Flop said, then I'm sorry I didn't catch that. But, either way, someone was going to make that point.
Just because they don't say "Hey, pull that guy out of the line, he's wearing a turban" doesn't mean they don't profile. Stick a million common muslim names on a watch list and tell me the 99% that do nothing wrong but have the same name aren't being profiled.. its obviously an option since we do exactly that.
I have problems sacrificing liberty for security. I see our country headed that direction more and more, and it may be an inevitable by-product of the times which-in we live, but I don't like it.
I don't know enough about the technology of the scanner to know how sensitive it is - will it pick up a nylon knife? X-rays don't. And unless they do an actual strip search, they might as well not bother for all the good pat-downs do. Especially after you have done 8 or 10 of them and have 20 more lined up. We do them all day long, and we catch the obvious. Somebody with a little training and real desire isn't going to be caught by a pat down - groping or not.
By the way - how good a pat down do you have to do to find a cell phone AND charger unit that have been kiestered? It happens! If a guy can carry a cell phone there, how about a "baby Browning" or other pocket pistol. One trip to the restroom and he is armed.