November 22nd, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Looking forward to airplane travel, full body scans and pat downs?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Two million people a day are expected to travel through this nation's airports Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I am very happy I'm not one of them.

Airline travel this holiday season is shaping up to be a nightmare, thanks to the government's new airport security measures, which include full body scans and invasive pat-downs.

A growing backlash to these measures is coming from all corners, from pilot and flight attendant groups to civil rights and privacy advocates.

Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who hasn't gone through airport security in decades, admits she wouldn't want to submit to an enhanced pat-down if she could avoid it.

Passengers are sharing outrageous stories that show just how embarrassing and invasive all this is:

A flight attendant and breast cancer survivor says she was asked to remove her prosthetic breast during a pat-down, while a bladder cancer survivor wound up soaked with urine during his pat-down.

The latest example comes by way of a viral video of a shirtless boy getting a pat-down from a TSA agent. A partially disrobed child forced to submit to groping by a strange adult. It's just disgraceful.

The TSA insists it's trying to strike a balance between security and privacy concerns. Really?

One industry expert tells the Associated Press that the agency is working under an unachievable mandate since the risks constantly change when terrorists use new tactics. This means the TSA is always in crisis mode, adding new policies to respond to the last terror plot.

And on some level, Americans do get their dilemma. A recent CBS poll shows that four out of five Americans support the use of full body scans.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Airlines • Thanksgiving • Travel
November 17th, 2009
03:49 PM ET

1 in 6 Americans goes hungry as Thanksgiving nears?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/17/art.food.gi.jpg caption="Nearly 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 struggled to get enough to eat last year."]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

When you're sitting around your Thanksgiving table next week, here's something to think about:

Nearly 50 million Americans or 1 in 6 struggled to get enough to eat last year. That includes almost 1 in 4 children.

The Agriculture Department is out with a shocking report showing the highest number of hungry Americans since the government started tracking this in 1995.

It shows food shortages are especially bad among women raising children alone - with more than 1 in 3 single mothers saying they struggled for food. And, African-Americans and Latinos were more than twice as likely as whites to say that food was scarce in their home.

Experts say these numbers are even worse than what they expected... The president of a group called "Feeding America" says "This is unthinkable. It's like we are living in a Third World country".

President Obama calls the report "unsettling"... and says more needs to be done. He points to steps his administration has taken... like additional spending on food stamps, food banks and school lunch programs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it's a "wake-up call" to get very serious about food security, hunger, and nutrition. Vilsack says the main cause is the rise in unemployment, now above 10% and acknowledges the number of Americans going hungry could be even worse this year.

With Thanksgiving coming up, what does it say when 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Filed under: Thanksgiving