Whoopi Goldberg displayed sheer ignorance by stating that anybody who opts-out of the see-through scanners at airports are commiting acts of terrorism.
Then Goldberg’s co-hosts on The View named George Donnelly and James Babb, creators of the We Won’t Fly campaign, as prime terrorists who should be placed on the terrorist watch list.
It’s probably easy for Goldberg to dismiss those who opt-out as terrorists because she has such an intense fear of flying, that she only travels by bus, according to Wikipedia.
As a result of several bad experiences, Goldberg had not flown on an airplane since the mid-late 1990s, instead traveling via a personal bus. She admitted to Jay Leno that it takes 42 hours of non-stop travel to get from New York City to Los Angeles this way. In April 2009, Goldberg flew to London for the first time as a result of taking a ten hour course with Virgin Atlantic Airways. On Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, she said she may now fly more in the future.
Even though she took a ten-hour course with Virgin Atlantic to prepare for her trip to London last year, she ended up flying by private jet accompanied by a private doctor who was ready to sedate her with pills and injections.
And at the age of 55, she most likely has begun menopause, so she probably will never have the horrid experience one woman described in an email to Glad Rags, a company that creates reusable panty liners and menstrual pads (motto: “Safe. Simple. Smart. Period.”)
But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assualts. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner. These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (like a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your “groin” while another woman watches on (two in my case – they were training in a new girl – awesome). So please, please, tell the ladies not to wear their liners at the airport (I didn’t even have an insert in).
So Goldberg not only proved to be ignorant, she proved to be hypocritcal in how she denounced those who are trying to “cripple” the airline industry (she doesn’t even fly commercial), not to mention the fact that she has no sensitivy towards women who have been sexually abused and/or happen to be breast cancer survivors.