Airport Security – Necessity or a Violation of Our Rights? - Page 2
Are we giving in to the extremists by allowing them to tie-up our airports with increasingly stringent check-in procedures? Nobody likes the invasive and time-consuming security involved in boarding a plane, and terrorists are well aware of this. The more we rebel against these inconveniences, the more opportunities we give them. Thumbing our noses at al-Qaida is satisfyingly defiant, but just plays into their hands.
Civil liberties and personal freedom are advantages we enjoy in a democracy, but we can't ignore reality. The days when people can see themselves as rugged individualists like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, trusting only in their six-shooter to deal with all of life's problems are gone. The world has become too complex. While individual rights are too precious to ever be ignored, it is becoming increasingly necessary to sometimes place society's needs above our own inconvenience.
Yes, your rights are important, but you aren't the only one living in this country. Others also have some rights, including the right to survive. Most fliers resent all of this invasive and annoying security, but they understand that the threats are real and that these measures are necessary. If you really feel so violated by airport security, that you have to try to fight it every time you fly, find another way of traveling. The rest of us will get through it faster, and feel safer.