Flying, Body Scanners and TSA Groping

I’m sure by now you’re probably aware of the new security regulations at airports that subject you to very intimate searches if you opt out of the body scanner that photographs you naked in the security line. The scanners and new search procedures are going into every airport in the country now.
For me personally, this is a deal breaker when it comes to flying. I won’t do either – the scan or the TSA sexual assault. I’d rather take the train or drive on vacation. I’m not sure what that means when it comes to flying for business trips, however. I feel a conscientious objector status coming on.

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“I’m here to shoot a pilot”

Boing Boing is questioning whether this is actually true, but it seems to be making the rounds and has shown up on numerous news sites:

Director Mike Figgis spent longer at LAX airport than intended. He’d arrived in Los Angeles, along with half the acting and directing world, for what is known as ‘pilot season’, when the big studios try out new scripts, directors and actors in a two-week frenzy of auditions and career make-or-breaks. When Figgis was being grilled by airport immigration, he was asked the purpose of his visit. Unthinking and tired after a long flight, Mike replied: ‘I’m here to shoot a pilot.’ After five hours in an interrogation cell (yes, really), he finally made it into town.

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