Sorry. Couldn't resist. You make an excellent case right there, actually. It is disconcerting to me that the body scanner contracts worth $173 million were awarded to "politically connected" firm Rapiscan. One of Rapiscan's lobbyists includes Susan Carr, former senior legislative aid to Rep. David Price, Chairman of the Homeland Security subcommittee. It's also said that George Soros owns over 10,00shares of OSI, Rapiscan's parent company. It can't help but give one pause... George Soros also profiting off controversial new TSA scanners | Washington Examiner
Still, unless and until the safety protocols used at TSA checkpoints are either found unConstitutional -- or Congress feels the heat of the 15% of people who apparently strenuously object to these procedures - or until passenger numbers are effected negatively by these procedures, we're stuck with 'em. And people who make grandstanding objections against them while in the checkpoint line are a pain in the ass to the rest of us who just want to get on with it.
Personally, I think the emphasis of the public should be on, "Why don't we profile?" Subjecting every single person who is wearing sloppy clothing (like burqas, as an example) to either a body scan or a pat down makes good sense to me. Unravelling a baby's bunting makes good sense to me. Asking a Muslim woman (if she even is Muslim) to remove her facial covering makes good sense to me. Do we do that? I don't know, but I don't think so.
It is impossible to prove that TSA checks have prevented even one incident...just as it is impossible to prove how many casualties were saved by dropping two a-bombs during WWII.
Security checks make the majority of air travelers feel safer. Right now these security protocols are mandatory. End of story, as far as I'm concerned.