As a person with medical conditions, I am exempt from the rules about liquids, but it offends me that the rules are imposed on other people. It also strikes me as pointless to have rules that people can exempt themselves from just by saying they have a medical condition.
So for the past several years I've flown very rarely.
The fact that I need to buy two seats to be comfortable also contributes to my choice to limit flying.
The new rules about full-body scanners and more intrusive pat-downs strengthen my resolve to limit the amount of flying I do. I don't have a lot of body modesty and don't fear sexual harrassment, so I don't think I would be personally harmed by going through the scanner or being manually searched.
But I believe people have a right not to be subjected to invasive searches without probable cause, and I'm not willing to relinquish my right.
I am privileged and fortunate that I have a choice whether to fly, and I am not making any recommendations for other people.
This mainly affects my likelihood of going to Wiscon. Theoretically I could drive to Wiscon and I'm not ruling that out, but I looked into it once and it seemed like it would be more driving than would be enjoyable for me. I'm not making any decisions about flying now, because a lot of things could happen between now and May, but I'm somewhat less likely to go if the scans and invasive searches become standard.
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