TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think about the TSA's pat-down search?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 12:04 p.m. CST

The Transportation Security Administration recently introduced a new pat-down to its airport security procedures.

The announcement comes after the discovery of bombs on a cargo flight in October. If a full-body scan shows something strange or if a passenger refuses to go through the machine, a TSA officer will perform the search, which routinely requires touching private areas.

The public has not received the news well. Many pilots, flight attendants, civil liberties groups and passengers feel that the searches go too far. One new website,, received more than 70,000 hits per day since its launch, according to the Washington Post.

However, TSA has refused to back down in the face of the outcry. TSA Administrator John Pistole told the Senate on Tuesday that anyone who refused to submit to a search would not fly.

What do you think of TSA's pat-down search?

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Shirley Caminiti November 17, 2010 | 1:47 p.m.

I think we should seriously look at the constitutionality issue for the sake of maintaininng the integrity of all our rights. That being said, the simple solution to this new TSA scan and pat down is: 1. Simply require all airlines selling tickets to have buyers sign a statement acknowledging that they are aware of the new security measures and agree to abide by them. The statement must contain full disclosure of the sans used, medical risks, searches to be done and an illustrated explanation of the pat down procedure that will be used. The buyer can then decide to fly or not to fly. 2. All pat downs must be done in a private cubicle fitted with video cameras at every angle recording the entire pat down of each person. The video images are to be kept on file and subject to being produced in the event of a complaint by the person regarding the pat down. In other words, if the government wants to look up our skirts and cop a feel then we should be able to look up theirs and file ligitmate complaints of any abuse of powers intrusted to them.

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Chris Delbert November 17, 2010 | 6:17 p.m.

I think we should take a cue from Israel,they've been doing it right for years..

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Blake Hamilton November 17, 2010 | 6:30 p.m.

I don't see y everyone's complaining, its necessary its for ur safety, not so some guy can cope a feel which probably will happen on rare instances, but would u rather b dead come on now...Lesser of two evils...Can't wait for my pat down hopefully I get a lady lmao jk jk

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Justin Ritter November 17, 2010 | 9:48 p.m.

I fail to understand why there is such a big outcry over these body scans. Would I rather not have one? Sure. But, aside from the inconvenience, I don't freak out over metal detectors, having my bags searched, or various other "invasions" of my privacy. The odds of actually dying in a terrorist attack on a plane are near zero (and probably would be even without the TSA), yet I'd just as soon not play those odds. I'm hoping to win the lottery someday, too...

As far as the fear of your grainy, nude image being circulated among guffawing TSA workers...well, how many you get undressed at a tanning booth, or at the gym, or in a changing room at the mall? I'd wager that the risk of some punk sneaking a camera in those places is rather higher than a TSA agent trying to surreptitiously use his cell phone to snap a grainy photo of a grainy scan image. And I'm not a radiologist, but I'd venture to say you probably get more radiation exposure during a day at the beach than you will in one of these machines.

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Justin Ritter November 17, 2010 | 9:51 p.m.

@Chris - The Israel concept looks good, but probably politically untenable precisely because of the "profiling" aspect. We can't hurt anyone's feelings...

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