Notaright, the letter TSA put in your luggage notifying you that they looked inside your luggage DOES NOT prove that all cargo inside the belly of the plane was screened. I'm not sure whether that will make sense to you, but I'm really responding for fear that there may be others who are under the same impression or think your argument makes sense. Much of the freight that is shipped by air by carriers like FedEx, UPS, and the Post Office (not talking about luggage here) is transported in the bellies of passenger aircraft. The majority of it is NOT screened in any meaningful or effective way. There are many other holes in the system where cargo loading is concerned.
Now, will this knowledge make you decide not to fly, or are you willing to accept the current level of risk (even if you would prefer better cargo screening in a perfect world)? If that level of risk is acceptable, surely you can live with me entering the flight deck without showing my penis to government agents or letting them touch it. And I would also think you'd be okay sitting next to a wheelchair-bound 80 year old lady who hadn't been molested either. What is being perpetrated by our government is indefensible and has nothing to do with passenger security.
I do think there is validity to the argument that says if you don't like it, don't fly. As long as the current rules are in place, that's exactly what I've chosen to do - what other choice do I have? That does not mean I won't fight here on the ground for the right to report back to work without being sexually harassed or molested, or for the basic Fourth Amendment rights and freedom of all Americans. But in the mean time, no, I'm not willing to subject myself or my loved ones to this abuse - and I never will as long as I am free to say no to it.
Good post, Kate, but I had to take a pill after I read this part:
NONE OF THE USPS FIRST CLASS POSTAGE IN THE BELLY OF PASSENGER PLANES THAT WEIGHS LESS THAN 1 LB IS BEING SCREENED. Why? Because it has 4th amendment rights according to the Post Office.
Along similar lines, I'm sure those who are unfamiliar will be happy to know that when we're overweight, the airline will remove passengers before bumping cargo. Maybe that's because your luggage won't pitch a fit when it arrives at the destination without you whereas, when it's the other way around, we know we're going to hear about it.