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Full Body  1.jpgThe current controversy involving the TSA’s full-body scanners has caused many to ask some tough questions concerning the TSA’s practices. For example, one headline today noted

 CNN Reporter Put On 'Watch List' After Criticizing TSA...

Apparently, as many as one million Americans are on this secret list. But now, with full-body scanners becoming the norm, I’m starting to wonder if the TSA has realized the weaknesses of its list and simply put all of us on it?


1. Full body scans.
2. If the full body scan is denied, you will receive a police-like full body pat down.
3. If the full body scan is inconclusive, you will receive a full-body pat down.
4. On my last flight, I showed my ID before takeoff a total of five different times for a domestic flight.
5. If you complain at any step along the way, you risk further questioning, searches, or can be detained or denied your flight.
6. Further complications if you share the same or similar name with anyone on a watch list.

Maybe I’m the only one, but I have a feeling that there are some other people out there concerned that the good guys are getting picked on a bit more than necessary.

So what can we do? Options include:

1. Fly less (I guess it would be better on the environment, at least until the hybrid jet engine becomes standard.).

2. Complain (Except the Bible says something about not complaining. I think the exact words are “Do not complain.”).

3. Protest (Some have tried, but it hasn’t turned out very well. I personally wouldn’t recommend this option. Or this one.).

4. Make the most of the opportunity (If you have to fly, use the extra time in line to pray, talk about your faith, text encouraging notes to your friends, call your mom, or write an actual postcard rather than a Facebook update.).

If you need to get somewhere, live out your faith in the process. Someone will notice. Even if they don’t, God does. Go make a difference and change the world, whether you get a full body scan or not.

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” -Ephesians 4:1

BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and cofounder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include “Undefending Christianity,” “Not in My Town” (with Charles J.
Powell), and “Thirst No More” (October 2011). Discover more at

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