Thomas beat me to the nun picture, and Brad has a good article on reasons from civil liberties that the TSA ought not be, I believe there is another reason from the Catholic perspective that the TSA is bad news: Chastity.
Unlike Brad, I didn’t have any real problem apart from irritation when I first experienced the TSA back in 2002. In fact, in a late-2002 flight I had a one-way ticket from Denver to Reagan National. I was subjected to multiple checks—they searched my carry on, gave me the pat-down, waved the wand over me, and sent me on my way. Three different times. Annoying, but somewhat understandable. It didn’t cross the line that I have drawn for how much liberty can be surrendered for safety.
Now they can take images like the one I’ve embedded of you or your child and place their hands on the most intimate parts of your or your child’s body. And only because you were randomly selected by the computer, or the walk-through detector beeped twice?
This is a violation of human dignity. This is the government declaring human dignity less important than a random selection, simply because one wishes to travel by air.
No one, save your spouse or doctor, has a right to that intimate knowledge of you, unless you surrender that right through a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. A random computer selection is not a reasonable suspicion.
And beyond that, consider the individual who is charged by the government to, erm, “check you out.” That is a flesh and blood person, not a machine devoid of appetites, concupiscence, and memory. While the government officially does not retain a copy of the image, the human being who must examine the image has a memory and does not forget so easily. While sins of the flesh afflict some more than others, it beggars the mind to believe that TSA employees all possess angelic purity.
The government, for no good reason, forces objectification of the traveller and places the agent in a near occasion of sin. This is a serious issue.