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A lot of crabby travelers this holiday are moaning and groaning about security at airports: Don’t want to go through those Peeping Tom screening machines. Sure don’t want a pat down.

And, as expected, the American Civil Liberties Union is now griping that some security checks are strip searches, but saying nothing about the holiday high terror alert, or about the El Qaeda guy on that crowded flight to Detroit last Christmas with a bomb in his underpants.

The complainers are whining that it’s bad enough that briefcases and purses are being screened and searched. They do not want bodies being screened or searched -– no looking at pictures of bodies on screening machines. Or, touching a bod? Are you kidding? That’s an invasion of privacy, and it’s uncomfortable.

And it’s becoming a national problem –- security vs. privacy -– for which I’d like to suggest a solution: a new airline. Let’s call it Highrisky.

Pay a bit more and don’t be screened or searched or even asked what you’re carrying onboard. Just walk on, and welcome aboard, everybody: Have a good flight.

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