Beefed-up airport security might help keep us safe, but some fliers are very unhappy about the new procedures that come with it. Others are even refusing to fly at all. Among the updated security measures is the enhanced pat-down, which involves what some are calling inappropriate physical contact. If you opt for the enhanced pat-down instead of the body scanner (be sure to know your rights as a traveler either way), here’s what to expect. –By Sheiresa Ngo
Passengers are subjected to searches in areas of the body that many deem intrusive, such as the chest region for women.
During the enhanced pat-down, TSA officers check sensitive areas such as the groin.
Minnesotta Majority, a watchdog group, posted a video on YouTube of a child getting a TSA pat-down. Some parents are worried about their children being searched intrusively, the way adults are searched.
Some fliers are complaining that TSA officers are overly aggressive during pat-downs and that the searches are no different from sexual assault.
Those who might object to a pat-down for religious reasons are not exempt from a security screening. Their only other option is to go through the enhanced body scanner.