Yes, I've been through body scans. Yes, I've been patted down, not just at airports, but also covering political events. Yes, I've had to contend with the rare overbearing TSA worker who let the power go to his head. Are these searches intrusive? Sure, but they beat crossing the country in a covered wagon.Don't give me that "covered wagon" crap, you naïf; the Concorde supersonic jetliner was retired in 2003, partly due to the slump in air travel cause by the brand-new-and-already-a-pain-in-the-ass TSA.
You obviously wouldn't know a "false dichotomy" if a security guard probulated you with one.