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Should airlines be given the choice whether they want to do the TSA pat downs or not?

Asked by mathsphysicsnormally (324points) December 26th, 2010

Companies that would want to carry them on could promote that maybe they’re more secure and airlines that wish not to carry them on could be promoted as caring about civil liberties

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marinelife's avatar

No, how safe the skies are is the business of the Federal government and should be applied across the boards. Passengers should not have to check to see if their airline has the latest safety precautions.

filmfann's avatar

It isn’t the airlines that do the pat downs, it is airport screeners
If the airline did it, what would stop someone from avoiding a pat down for AA, then handing material to a United passenger. If they aren’t all safe, none of them are.

zenvelo's avatar

remember, the pat down is if you fail the metal detector twice, or if you won’t go through the scanner. Not everyone gets scanned.

the question at work about the pat downs is: after you get patted down, do you tip them $5 or $10? ;>)

Trillian's avatar

@zenvelo I think that would be subjctive and would depend on how good it was, just like any other “service”. Ooooooo yeah, little bit to the left, there, ok, now harder, right there, ssssssss, ohhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhh. That’s worth a tenner.

wundayatta's avatar

Sure—if they want to be known as the airline to the terrorists!

bkcunningham's avatar

A few airports have opted out of using TSA and use private security companies. The companies are still dictated by the federal government in what screening procedures they must use. It would be interesting to see what procedures private companies could put into place that could perhaps be better than the feds.

john65pennington's avatar

Sounds like a case of discrimation here. its either one for all or all for one.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think a bunch of us would choose those that refuse the latest ‘safety’ steps over those that do not refuse.

perspicacious's avatar

No. It’s not within their responsibility.

SavoirFaire's avatar

No, they shouldn’t be allowed to do them in the first place, let alone required.

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