The latest over-reaction to the Nigerian terrorist attack has me very concerned. The fact that we, as passengers will have to sit with hands in lap for the last hour of international flights in effect infantilizing us would be laughable if it was not so infuriating. A third grader could see through the flawed logic of this inane policy.
The fact that the would-be terrorist made it through several red flags no luggage/one-way ticket/already on the watch list leads me to believe that there is more here than meets the eye. Is it possible that we are in a pre-totalitarianist state? What disturbs me is the public willingness to accept these rules in the name of safety. Time and again I have heard the phrase It is a priviledge, not a right, to fly. It is a priviledge, in so much as it is a priviledge to buy a candy bar or a television set. While we have the choice not to fly, there are many situations in which it is not practical to travel by any other method.
We are sanguine about getting behind the wheel of a car, or being a passenger in that car. How many of us take the bus or subway? We trust that drivers and motor men will safely deliver us to our destination. What if there was an attack on mass transit? How many of us would accept a twenty-minute wait to enter the Times Square subway station?
Dehumanization is not the answer to attempted terror attacks. By reacting hysterically we have given a gift to the terrorists. In reality they do not have to blow up planes to realize their goal. They have already bred fear and anxiety, and have contributed to the crippling of our economy.
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