Friday, November 19, 2010

What to Expect During Your TSA Pat-Down

If you get selected at the airport for a pat-down or you opt out of being scanned, you might have a fairly benign experience, or one that's going to be an unpleasant memory. When it comes to human-to-human interaction, especially where touching is involved, there are many factors that can influence how aggressive your pat-down is or feels. Regardless, your private body parts will be touched, as this Denver Post photo collection shows.

Things can go from bad to worse if you have an artificial body part. Read about a cancer survivor who was told by TSA to show her prosthetic breast during her screening in Charlotte, NC last August. These kind of incidents are only going to become more commonplace as more passengers are patted down.

What to do? Accept a virtual strip search that could, if you're in a backscatter machine, increase your risk of getting cancer? Be patted down by a TSA officer who's got an especially rough touch?

Remember, November 24th is National Opt Out Day. District residents may have no voting representation in Congress, but we can let TSA know how we feel.


  1. It's an outrageous abuse of power and liberty to have to either have a "pat down" or to have the scan. I feel like I've entered 1984.

  2. That's what their trying to do. And we need to say, "NO!"

  3. All these alleged "security measures" aren't really accomplishing anything toward safety. It's just harassment of the wrong folks and for the wrong reasons. My husband says that if all it takes is a few grams or ounces of explosive chemicals (either powdered or liquid) to be sneaked onboard internally (by someone opting for full body search instead of the scan), and a detonator could be something as simple as a digital watch, what's to prevent a clever terrorist from easily pulling something off?

    Israeli airline, El Al, doesn't employ any hint of the types of "security" measures the TSA is using right now not even at their U.S. departure points, and yet as probably the only country that terrorist extremists (and yes, I'm speaking of Jihadists) hate more that us Americans, El Al hasn't had one single incident in decades. If El Al airlines has had that much success, maybe we should hire El Al employees to be the sole airport screeners at all our U.S. airports.