After reading far too many op-eds righteously urging us to like having strangers look at our naked bodies, harumph for the good of the nation harumph, and after reading many comments from presumably ordinary people saying that the additional requirements are convincing them never to fly again;
And after considering that those scanners are going to cost a great deal of money and that we are spending much less to prevent 40,000 or so deaths a year in automobile accidents;
And after wondering why metal-detector wands are being used in an attempt to detect explosives, which they do not, and why a terrorist cannot blow up an airplane 70 minutes before landing, and whether the transatlantic planes will be warm enough for me to sleep without a blanket;
Now therefore I do suggest that we suck it up (in the phrase of those righteous harrumphers) and accept the fact that there is a 1 in 10,408,947 chance that we will be involved in a terrorist incident as we fly. Not that we will be killed, because Nate Silver's statistics include the shoe bomber and the ball bomber. Just that you might have a nut on your plane who sets his privates on fire. That's a lot better odds than that you'll die driving to the store today to buy some New Year's cheer.