Both the Flight Attendants' and Pilots' unions have recommended that their memberships decline the intrusive searches. As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays the situation bears watching. I would vote for a complete boycott of the airlines until this matter is reasonably settled. But that's just me...I've never cared to put up with much bureaucratic crap during my lifetime--that includes corporate crap as well as governmental crap.
We grew up at a time and in a place where manners were taught and respect for others was the norm. Common sense tended to be the norm also. We weren't burdened by so much concern about hurting feelings of others...that would have been rude and subject either to some degree of censorship or a punch in the nose. Shelby Foote, one of my favorite historians, frequently said that there was nothing so conducive to a polite society than the threat of a punch in the nose. It's up to the younger generations now to hold on to their freedom...I hope they have the gonads; I'm not sure they do.
Some of our classmates flew as aircrew with the commercial airlines (Alice Bretz, Sharon Hubbard, & Sharon Ballem come to mind). Can you imagine what they might have had to say when some bag checker started to grope them? I can.
Of course the aggressive hand searches are some bright light's notion of how best to drive (FBGs like that word...drive, they use it a lot) people into the full-body scanners...make the hand search so repugnant that the Sheeple will capitulate. It's how thuggery works just short of taking out the blackjacks.
BTW, where are those FBG pillars of corporate prowess and leadership...the airline CEOs? Haven't heard a peep from those cowards.