Stand by for security pat-downs just to enter your resort hotel. It didn’t take long after Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas for resort hotels there to begin implementing new, far more strict security screenings simply to enter the building. Hotel guests at Wynn’s resort stood in line with a 10-minute wait to be screened. That’s likely to become a new normal as the country’s worst mass shooting forces major tourist meccas to radically re-imagine potential threats and expand their thinking about security against a new range of threats. As they did at any airport before boarding their flights to Vegas this week, patrons of Wynn’s
So a paying customer that is staying in a hotel for days or weeks, is going to get accosted everytime they come in to go to their room? Sounds like a PR nightmare that will accomplish nothing, somewhat like TSA at airports.
Anything which increases the intrusive and ham-fisted power of government is a victory for the Left. Likewise, anything which suppresses economic activity, travel and Liberty is another victory for the Left.
It may have been a lot of trouble for the Left to set up this attack and they, by Gawd, mean to profit from it.
No, I am not ready for it. I resent being treated as a terrorist at an airport or hotel, all because the left will not profile, arrest, and deport terrorists, suspected or not. The left prefers to put us in jail, rather than those that commit terrorism.
How this affects me, one individual who has been staying at hotels four or five nights in a month: intrusive security checks at the front door of hotels will result in my using a hotel only when absolutely necessary. And, no, I do not own a gun.
It will seriously kick me off. I always travel with at least one firearm, often two or three. and I always take them to my hotel room, because I won´t leave them unattended in my truck, where they would be vulnerable to break-in and theft. You want your unintended consequences? I think you´re going to find them, right here.
I´d camp on the side of a rocky, tarantula infested hill before I´d lower myself to that level. I already refuse to take an airline because I am a free American first and a slave to DHS and those TSA/PC goons last!
We´re really showing the world that Americans can take it. We´re going to live our normal lives in spite of the violence. Can´t scare us, cowardly bad guys and terrorists, because we´re #AmericaStrong! And I got a t-shirt to prove it!!
The high courts have, since the early 1970s, OK´d an "administrative exception" to the 4th Amendment with regard to airport pre-board security screening. The courts recognized a "compelling public interest" in screening passengers and their baggage in the civil aviation context. Unlike casino hotels, public airports are federally regulated and subsidized; hence, the need for the 4th Amendment "exception." Hotel screening of "guests" is not a government requirement, so the 4th Amendment wouldn´t apply to what is essentially a business requirement to stay at or gain entrance private property. Hotel screening that does not include employees and/or delivery and service personnel is essentially theater. Metal detecting hand wands and transmission X-Ray machines are useless in detecting explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Since Lockerbie (Pam Am 103) in 1988, the US government has fostered the development of highly effective explosives detection devices using computed tomography (CT), re-purposed from the medical industry. As is said in the aviation industry, having TSA security screening at airport checkpoints is like putting an iron door on a grass hut. The hotel screening described in the article appears to be even less effective but highly disruptive.
More intrusive eye-wash. So after you get groped at the airport and delayed for hours on the tarmac, you rent a car and get it again at the hotel. To be effective it would have to be every time you return to your room. Even just getting ice or going to your car.
They may try it, but I´ll stay home, thank you. We stopped flying 12 years ago.
I quit flying because I have no desire to have another man fondle my genitals. I can only imagine what kind of guy would want a job like that in the first place. I can stay away from hotels also. There are motels, and there is sleeping in the car.
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