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What did you think of your TSA pat down?

Asked by josie (30926points) November 22nd, 2010

http://www.fluther.com/104179/is-the-aggressive-tsa-pat-down-the-new-protocol-or-is-it/

http://www.fluther.com/104412/should-women-of-other-faiths-be-treated-differently-than-muslim-women/

I have asked a couple of questions on this topic already. I am not really obsessed. It just seems like an interesting contemporary story.
Anyway, true to my word, last weekend I refused the scanner and took the pat down.
Just to see for myself what the fuss is about.
Truth is, it was no big deal ( no double-entendre intended there).
Naturally, the guy put his hands up my thigh and planted the side of his palm firmly in my crotch. But it did not hurt, he did not grab me viciously nor did he caress me lovingly.
Just your basic pat down.

Now, I understand the problem about the Fourth Amendment. I really do not think the government is allowed to search you unless you give them a reason to think that they should.
That is not my question.

Plus, I know full well that they are probably doing the pat down in order to gradually break us down and condition us to obediently take the scanner.
I am not asking that either.

My question is, if you got patted down, was the process really a problem?
If yes, why?

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chyna's avatar

Finally some action! Just kidding, I haven’t flown in awhile.

AmWiser's avatar

I had to go through the pat down in October of this year, before all this hoopla going on now. When I went through screening all kind of bells and whistles went off. I think it was a combination of 2 ankle braclets, necklaces, watch, rings, a hair pin (seriously) and metal tassles on my jogging suit. After the wand treatment, I was asked if I would object to a body search. After I agreed, I was taken out of line and searched by a female TSA agent. It was not so bad, they do touch and rub thoroughly and quickly. I just felt a little bit embarrassed because I felt people were watching (they probably weren’t). Also I think they asked if I wanted to do it in private but because I was almost late for my plane, I said no, I’m okay with being searched right here.

On my trip home, I put all my jewelry and anything I thought would sound an alarm in my purse. Of course the alarm went off anyway. I had forgot to take my cell phone out of my back pocket (silly me:D).

Seelix's avatar

I haven’t experienced a patdown at a US airport, but I’ve been patted down at Canadian ones. From what I can tell, it’s pretty much the same: quick rubbing of the legs and arms, back and abdomen, quick swipe around the inside of the waistband, and (for me anyway) a quick check between the breasts with the side of the hand (kind of like a karate chop!) and check under the bra strap on my back.

Sure, it’s not pleasant, but it’s not painful and I don’t see it as a violation. I’d feel much more violated if a fellow passenger were to take and use some kind of weapon on my plane.

ratboy's avatar

I got back in line three times.

erichw1504's avatar

It was nice, but there was no dinner and a movie beforehand.

filmfann's avatar

I would be tempted to start screaming “Yes! Oh, God!!! Yes!!!”

jerv's avatar

I expected dinner first, or maybe some flowers. They still haven’t called me :(

rooeytoo's avatar

There were a couple of good ones in there but @filmfann gets the prize! Here are some other ones:
“Can’t see London, can’t see France, unless we see your underpants.”
“Grope discounts available.”
“Only we know if Lady Gaga is really a lady.”
“Don’t worry, my hands are still warm from the last guy.”
“Wanna fly? Drop your fly.”
“We’ve handled more balls than Barney Frank.”
“We are now free to move about your pants.”
“We rub you the wrong way, so you can be on your way.”
“It’s not a grope, it’s a freedom pat.”
“When in doubt, we make you whip it out.”
“TSA: Touchin’ Squeezin, Arrestin’.”
“You __were__ a virgin…”
“We handle more packages than the USPS.”

The woman who sent those to me is 78 and she said she is thinking about doing some short flights just for fun, more action there than in her retirement village.

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