My latest idea for airport safety: All TSA agents should carry photo-ID business cards. Before an agent pats anyone down, the agent should give the future pattee a copy of the card, and make sure that the future pattee sees that the photo matches the agent. After the pat-down, the agent should give an evaluation form to the pattee, which the pattee can fill out and place into a locked box that the agent cannot unlock. This should minimize the groping!

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 13, 2017 at 8:45am

When it comes to pat down searches, groping tends to be determined by the subjective perception of the pattee.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on March 13, 2017 at 10:13am

^^Spoken^^  like two MEN who have never had some pervy ass TSA agent try to grope their boobs and ass!

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on March 13, 2017 at 11:40am

 Kage Alan, getting "TSA/police/official anybody mauled" is VERY close to being government sanctioned sexual assault.  The hell with "close to", it just plain IS!  

That said, there are DAMN few women who will go through the demeaning, insulting, "blame the freakin victim AGAIN", "she was asking for it/liked it" crap that a woman needs to go through when reporting a sexual assault...  ESPECIALLY when it involves the actions of aforementioned government sanction "assaulters".  So, very, Very, VERY few women would even consider filing a false claim.  I'm assuming that would be doubly true of men.  So NOT doing something about because one person out of 100,000 actual victims might be lying is simply 'mansplaining away a problem and is total bullshit.

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on March 13, 2017 at 11:44am

I have had an agent handle my clitoris (through underpants). Plenty of other people have been groping. This is not a matter of interpretation. The airport video showed the horror on my face. The head of the airport assured me she had reprimanded the agent.  This was before the new regulations which state:

"The TSO will describe the patdown procedure, which may include inspection of your head, neck, arms, torso, legs, and feet. This includes head coverings and sensitive areas such as breasts, groin, and buttocks. TSOs use the back of the hands for patdowns on sensitive areas of the body.  In limited cases, however, additional screening involving a sensitive area patdown with the front of the hand may be required to determine that a threat does not exist.  You may also be required to adjust articles of clothing during the patdown."

Also, "Random Selection" is NOT random.  See this by a TSA agent:

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on March 13, 2017 at 11:46am

this is not just a women's issue.  Here is a blog by Will Wheaton:

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 13, 2017 at 12:16pm

Lois, I'm sure that there are all kinds of TSA agents just as there are all kinds of degrees of passenger sensibilities.  All of that provides a broad spectrum for abuse and perceptions of abuse.  I quit flying over ten years ago because I lost patience with the infernal delays and expense of air travel.

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on March 13, 2017 at 12:20pm

JMac, A train and bus combo costs more than flying, and takes far more time. I should not have to be sexually molested in order to fly.

Comment by marilyn sands on March 13, 2017 at 12:49pm

I suggest Dinner & Dancing to follow!  But seriously, I don't like the xray much either - to me; THAT'S more intrusive. 

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on March 13, 2017 at 1:07pm

the body scanners don't really show much:

I have an artificial hip. It always triggers the metal detectors. The body scanner doesn't care about my hip implant. If I use the scanner, I  only get picked for pat down about 1/3 of the time. With the metal scanner, it's 100% of the time.

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on March 13, 2017 at 1:09pm

As for x-ray exposure -- flying exposes passengers to more x-rays than the scanner.


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