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#327352 - 11/02/10 01:00 PM Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure.
terzaghi Offline
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I just read a new article about the TSA new aggressive patdown procedure that includes touching anything and everything.

Pretty awkward...
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#327357 - 11/02/10 01:27 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: terzaghi]
BobKay Offline
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Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I just read a new article about the TSA new aggressive patdown procedure that includes touching anything and everything.

Pretty awkward...


Well, then, I'm just gonna be way more foresightful about which TSA employee's line I'll choose to que up in. I'll be looking for "hot and stupid."
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#327370 - 11/02/10 02:05 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: BobKay]
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The most invasive search I ever experienced was in Athens flying to the US.

First, I had a partial bag search after the x-ray machine.

Then, a "random selection" for a full bag search and a full body pat-down in a private room.

The bag search went, meaning emptying almost all of the contents of my bag (mind you, I have a large touring backpack I'm taking on as a carry-on...EVERYTHING is in there). That took about 5 minutes. The most offensive thing they found was my zippo lighter, other than my bag of dirty socks ;-). Ended up being able to keep the lighter. Surprising.

Then it came time for the body search/pat down. At this point, I was so cooperative with the agent during the bag search that he was embarrassed he had to go through with all of this procedure.

He asked me to take off my socks (read: I've been backpacking in them for the last 2 days) and I gave him the "Are you sure?" look, he nodded, then I proceeded. Sorry for your nose...

Then, he began with the metal detector. Got to the inside of my legs. Starting going up...up...up...turned it from perpendicular to parallel, to the point where he kinda nodded to me to give him more room so he could raise it some more. I shared an awkward laugh with him.

I could tell this guy was just trying to do his job, but I could easily see how people could get really offended by this.

Since we were hours early for the flight and actually about 1/5 of the people were searched like this, I was okay with this. If I had to have that kind of "feel down" as they are describing in the article almost every time I had to fly, I would really get pissed.

The funny thing is...after all of this...and through US Customs...they never found my pocket knife.
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#327373 - 11/02/10 02:13 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: danmagicman7]
Capn_Pickard Offline
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Do we have to ask, just where were you concealing the knife?

Anyone see Machete?

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#327375 - 11/02/10 02:16 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: Capn_Pickard]
danmagicman7 Offline
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Actually slipped my mind that I had it...right in the middle of my bag amongst a mess of other things.
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#327379 - 11/02/10 02:22 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: danmagicman7]
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Just turn your head and cough.

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#327380 - 11/02/10 02:25 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: CatBrat]
RickF Offline
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I remember the very first time I flew into Athens years ago and being taken aback by all of the police carrying thompson submachine guns.
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#327398 - 11/02/10 04:01 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: RickF]
medic8r Offline
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That's probably because they saw your Florida ID and thought you were a Gator fan. You knokw how those Bulldogs can be.

Oh, you meant Athens, Greece, not Athens, Georgia. My bad.
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#327413 - 11/02/10 08:42 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: medic8r]
terzaghi Offline
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I'm a little bummed that you are required to have someone of the same sex pat you down. I'm not sure my wife would agree but I'd rather have a hot chick woman grab my junk then some fat hairy man...
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#327422 - 11/02/10 10:52 PM Re: Regarding the new TSA pat down procedure. [Re: terzaghi]
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Maybe someone will invent a "gay for a day" pill that travelers can take the morning of a trip to ease their discomfort during the screening process. If they're really uncomfortable, they could share one with their screener, though I doubt regulation would allow them to take it.


See, I've thought this one out pretty well.
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