- Maaher Sayeed
- Calgary, Ab
Blogger / Writer,
This conversation is closed.
Does security have to be humiliating and degrading?
There was a time when countries welcomed visitors. Hospitality was an important part of the culture and welcoming visitors was a part of the proud culture. During the cold war days, terrorism still existed, the Middle Eastern conflict was rampant, USSR was depicted as the cold and ruthless country where individuals didn’t have any freedom, and the Government was highly intrusive and disrespectful with the arrogance of authority.
Today, the equation has flipped around. Airport security is extremely humiliating and intrusive to say the least, Immigration officers are highly intimidating and at very unwelcoming, and people are forced to accept an environment of such hostile and disrespectful gatekeepers in the name of Security and Authority. While they will kill to protect their honor, parents can’t help but stand and watch their young daughters pass through the back scatter screens at the airport while they are fully aware that some of the TSA officers sitting behind the screen are commenting on her figure. Article from Yahoo: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/turns-tsa-screeners-may-critiquing-physique-190757354.html
Does security have to be this humiliating? Cant people of the “once” free and developed nations expect to hold on to any dignity and privacy? Cant there be a more respectable and dignified solution to this process considering the advanced technological world we live in?
Closing Statement from Maaher Sayeed
I absolutely support security and protection by law. But I do not believe it has to be this invasive and humiliating to anyone. There ought to be a more intelligent and effecient system. Especially becasue the companies that are providing the security and the ones that are making these scanners are making billions in revenue that is coming out of the tax payers pockets.
It appears that we pay for our own security at the cost of our own humiliation. The link to the article above is one such example. As individuals we may not let this bother us much, but as a family man and putting our children, and family through this process is certainly degrading.
We do need security and be able to travel freely without fear. But we also need a more secure and less invasive process.