TSA Checks

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Pat downs or body scans? Doesn't seem like travelers have that many choices while using our airlines to get from A to B. I've read some shocking stories from people with medical stories that say they were treated like any other Jane or Joe without medical problems during the body searches.

One man had to hold his hands over his head while an agent searched him in a private room (the agents gave him trouble for asking for privacy). Even though he warned of his urine bag, that didn't matter and the agent spilled it on the man. A woman with a prosthetic breast had to show it to another agent to prove what it was. The process needs to change. Security is not a one-size-fits-all situation.

Here's CNN's coverage of a 31 year old man who said to a TSA agent during a pat down, "If you touch my junk, I'm going to have you arrested."

When faced with the choice of going through a full body scanner or getting a pat down by a same-gender TSA agent, I will chose the body scanner. No way do I want a stranger intimately touching me, or touching me at all for that matter. I would rather suffer the supposed health risks of the body scanners (they are very low). Children are even subject to pat downs as listed on the TSA's website.

Where does the madness end? I was already annoyed at the sometimes senseless security measures at airports in the US (the only country that forces passengers to remove shoes during screening) before the new TSA measures came out.

Efficiency has not been mastered in United States airport security. If the system was invasive yet efficient, I'm willing to bet travelers wouldn't be so upset. This is just another rung on the ladder to miserable travel in our country. I feel sorry for the airlines.

What about you? Pat down or body scanner?

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