After I gained my first few hundred thousand "frequent flyer" miles, I started worrying about those "deaths per million passenger miles" statistics. But I never thought (decades ago) that I'd have to be concerned with "gropes per trip."

Now I can understand why I was pulled aside in the early '70s for a "strip search," because I probably fit the profile of "long-haired hippy," much as I was not quite "shoulder-length." I got a "business-cut" upon graduation, and have told my barbers "regular" ever since.

But that was done with "normal" airport security in those days ... long before the Federal Government hired another 30,000 people (to start) in establishing the TSA.

I can understand why my mother-in-law (age ~60 at the time), was pulled aside because her carry-on contained two plastic quarts of frozen shrimp with all the wires of a hair-dryer thrown on top her package. Again, before TSA.

I first got ticked off when my (almost-80) Mother was pulled aside as she travelled to bury my Father.

I wasn't happy when my toothpaste got confiscated, but heck, I had not read the latest rules.

More recently, when my dutiful wife reported a tiny water-filled dolphin souvenir from Florida (I told her not to mention it ... it would have passed both x-ray and nitrate-swab), it was confiscated and my wife still laments the Christmas present she couldn't give.

Meanwhile, cigarette lighters are back on the "ok" list ... tho (back when it was legal to smoke on airplanes) I once had to help a fellow passenger put out the fire that spilled on his tray from one of those clear lighters ... I watched him pull it out, knew what would happen, dealt with it, and assured the flight attendant (after the fact) that we were "under control."  (She and I shared a knowing glance, and few even noticed the flames.)

ANYway:  I understand that there are evil people out there, and inconveniencing millions to save a few hundred LIVES is not a bad thing. I just wish the TSA were trained to use common sense, but this is anethema to bureaucracies.

SOLUTION:  we have enough folks to x-ray baggage, purses, and computers. My belt (with buckle) goes through x-ray just as well, and my alternative braces (suspenders) generally don't set off alarms if I hold the metal parts away from my chest. My shoes go through with my computer (separated from its carrying case, for reasons I don't understand).

We can save the public the cost of scanners with a very simple solution: when you next go through airport security, after you throw your shoes in the bin, take off your socks/stockings, your trousers/skirt, your shirt/blouse, and any other potentially bomb-laden underwear, toss 'em in the x-ray bin then walk through the magnetometer. If you don't have any C4 stuck up your behind, you'll pass. Please get dressed after going through security; it's chilly on airplanes.