It's all over the news (and even on Crimlaw), so I think that we might as well open it up for discussion.
If your route to work involved a bag search, would you consent to the search?
I certainly think there's something to be said for saying no and doing your little part to preserve the Constitution.
But, on the other hand, like everyone else, I care about safety too. I mean, personally, I'd feel more comfortable flying if we had the kind of security that El Al has (and has had for a long time).
If my daily commute were to put me at risk for a bag search, I still wouldn't worry too much... I don't think too many young, blonde women are going to be searched. But, if they are, I would expect that it's just a cover so that the suspicious or minority person behind her can be searched too. And, would I want to be used like that?
In law school, I did a street law program, where the number two thing we tried to teach the kids was "DON'T CONSENT TO SEARCHES!" (Number one was, of course, "DON'T TALK TO THE POLICE!"). Does that not matter anymore?
And, as far as the argument of "If you don't have anything to hide, there's nothing wrong with it," I hope that I don't even have to try to explain the slippery slope argument that is opened up by this.
So, anyone else want to weigh in? How about all of you law students? Would you hand over your bag? What if your other alternative is just... well... not going to work? Or being hours late? (Although, seriously, I think that, at least at a public defender's office, you should be able to call in sick-of-having-my-civil-liberties-violated.)