http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/11/15/20101115airport-security-complaints.html I think there are going to be some major problems this holiday season as a lot of people fly for the first time since more invasive procedures took effect. There are reports of young children essentially being groped by the pat-down procedure, which I think is a far-ranging problem in its own right, as children who have been told that they should never let themselves be touched in that area are touched by people in an authority position not likely discussed by any parent. Parents must also contend with being forced to allow it to happen, or face x-ray machines that have yet to be fully evaluated and understood with regard to health risks. I think that some people who would nominally be in favor of invasive procedures will find their minds changed if they go through a pat-down, or know that they are being x-rayed and examined in full anatomic detail. Patrick Smith wrote a terrific column here about past terrorism and our saner responses in times gone by, and another one here about the security procedures he's had to deal with as a pilot. He's previously written about accidentally tripping an airport security system by walking through the wrong door out of fatigue. He wrote that a security guard walked over, reset it, and nothing else happened. Nowadays, airports get shut down for less. What is the point where Americans collectively say, "enough!"? I think we may be approaching that point soon. Story about boy being invasively patted down. Jeffrey Goldberg column on the new policy, based on firsthand experience. Letter of concern about x-ray machines.