I've been lucky that I haven't traveled much since September 11th (in fact, my first flight since then was just a few weeks ago), so the greatly increased security at airports has had little effect on me. However, I've read plenty of stories about people who have been very unhappy with airport security, and for good reason. No one wants to be searched, and it can be especially hard on children.
Many people wish that young Muslim men were more specifically targeted in these searches since most of the recent terrorist action has been by young Muslim men. It sounds reasonable, but I cannot agree with any type of racial profiling like this. It's unconstitutional and simply unfair.
If this actually became the policy, I can only imagine what the uproar would be if Christians, Hindus, and Jews with darker skin ended up being targeted as well. How can a security guard in the New York subway know the religion or ethnic group every person belongs to? This is a problem in Israel since many Jews there look like Arabs (and technically are Arab, since their native language is Arabic). I wonder if the Hispanic man who was shot by London police recently wouldn't have been under such suspicion if he had been white. It is not right, and can even be dangerous, to profile racially.
I would think that Mormons would be especially sensitive to this. We are all tired of being profiled ourselves as polygamists, ultra-conservatives, wackos, or any number of odd things. Sure, there are some weird Mormons out there. There might even be more weird Mormons proportionally than there are weird Catholics, Protestants, or Muslims out there. I don't know. But I do know that I don't like to be lumped in with anyone. I hope I can't be defined so easily.
And that's why I am willing to be searched if I'm the one who randomly is tagged. If we're going to do searches, we all must be a part of it (I'm not necessarily convinced that searches are even helpful, but that's not the point here). There is no fair way to do it otherwise.
And it is still safer to ride the subway than to drive a car. The threats are relative. The media have a great deal to do with our perception of our safety.