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TSA boss: New pat-downs are more invasive

Published: Wed, November 17, 2010 @ 11:35 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration is acknowledging that the new pat-downs are more invasive than what travelers were used to in the past.

TSA administrator John Pistole says he has received the new pat-down, as has his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Some travelers complain that the new inspections target sensitive body areas. Pistole says he understands those privacy concerns, but says the government must provide the best possible security for air travelers.

Pistole was testifying before a Senate committee about TSA policies and procedures. The hearing was scheduled before the recent outrage about airport security pat-downs.


1northsideperson(365 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Based on first-hand reports of people that have experienced it ... If the same search was done on someone under 18, it would be considered sexual molestation.

All this to make people FEEL secure rather than BE secure (google "security theatre").

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2300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

"sexual molestation"!!?? You're kidding right?

Over the last 5-10 years I've flown an average of around 40-60K miles a year. Each and every time I wait in a security check line while tourists take 20 mins to get through because they're not prepared when they hit the scanners. It's frustrating, but when I'm 30K feet in the air, I'd like to be sure that everyone on that flight has be thoroughly checked.

The backlash against the TSA is symptomatic of the increasing irrationalization of the US. People looking to pick fights by acting illogically, and then act as if the world's crashing down. I think this particular situation also shows that a significant percentage of Americans were molested as children (hence the irrational fear of someone touching or seeing something private).

If it were up to me every single person would get fully x-rayed before they're allowed on a plane. I've also noticed that it's not the frequent flyers who tend to complain about the TSA, it's usually those who haven't been on a flight for years or those who see this as an extension of their fight against Obama and the federal government.

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