I support full body scans at airports.Submitted by steveorama on Thu, 12/31/2009 - 19:29
I see some people confusing a libertarian philosophy with having to be against this. But that's not true.
If the airlines had complete control, without government interference, they would install the full body scan equipment if it helped ticket sales. I think if you polled most people now, they would support full body scans.
What we should question GOVERNMENT involvement, not whether searches should take place. Because they would happen anyway under total private control. And it wouldn't be a matter of your personal rights, but a matter of the airlines' private property rights.
If the government is requiring something that the airlines would require anyway if government stayed out of the way, it's not that big of a deal in terms of violation of personal rights. It's simply a shoddy simulation of what would happen if government didn't get involved. The protection would probably simply be better and cheaper, if government weren't involved.
Dr. Paul is adamant that the airlines could protect us better than government. If that's so, then the scrutiny and searches before entering an airplane would probably be even be MORE strict and invasive, though probably more time efficient.
Another thing to look at is that 9/11 posed a national security threat, so there is a case for some government involvement if there is a national security threat, but of course not searches without consent. But making the search constitutional would simply be a matter of the airline posting a sign saying that they require you to go through the government searches in order to board a plane. Then, this would just be them exercising their property rights. I bet that if you asked them now, they would probably say they DO consent to the searches to keep their passengers safe. So the constitutionality would be a non-issue.
Just something to think about, for those who were thinking that living in a free society means you have to accept being unsafe on an airplane.