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November 28th, 2010
04:43 AM ET

Pity the Pat-down Giver, Too

From CNN Saturday and Sunday Morning anchor T.J. Holmes:

I've been on three trips since the TSA put the enhanced pat-downs in place. In two out of those three trips, I have endured the new, enhanced pat-down.

When I'm randomly selected, I don't want the body scanner, which means my only option is the pat-down. I don't like it, it's not pleasant, wish I didn't have to do it.

But what about the poor TSA screener who has to perform the pat-down?

After my last pat-down Monday, a TSA supervisor came over to talk to me and he reeled off some of the insults he had been called that day. Among them: molester.

So, while I can certainly empathize with a lot of people who are frustrated and don't appreciate the new pat-downs, maybe we shouldn't direct our anger at the person who didn't have anything to do with putting the new policies in place. They just went to work one day and were told that touching a stranger's "junk" would be added to their job description.

Take it easy on the TSA screener next time. Thank them for being willing to do that job.

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  1. patrick uzzell

    I am really upset that coverage of this issue has been so heavily in favor of the TSA. Although they mention the frustration, the conclusion generally is one that the travelers don't like intrusive screenings, but they accept them in the name of security.

    The travelers I talked to hate it, do not accept it, but have no other way to put bread on the table and have to take business trips or wish to see overseas loved ones that they haven't seen in years. Telling a travelor you can quit your job and refuse to take trips is a mockery of the values our country was founded on.

    They want to boycott, but TSA has a monopoly on security control, and they have no other choice.

    Why not put airlines in charge of security for their property and let airlines pay for naked body screenings for their individual flights. If pasengers prefer to choose an airline which scopes and gropes them, they can. And they have the right to board that plane if it makes them feel safer. I personally would not choose that airline, but if most people want that, then they have that right.

    I admit it would require some reorganisation of how security is run, but something along the lines of the above approach could work. Ron Paul suggested something like that, I believe, but I do not know the details.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  2. Nnenna

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for them. People use the 'I am only doing my job' excuse to get away with a lot of trash. This is America. They can come together and refuse to do it. They can quit if they are not allowed to. I know this sounds harsh, especially in this economy, but I really do not think any amount of money is worth a person's dignity. Only prostitutes willingly fondle strange people's genitals for money. You are essentially defined by what you choose and are paid to do. Safety is no excuse for this. There are other less invasive and more effective ways to do their jobs.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  3. DavidMichael

    I will not pity TSA agents since they are a willing party to Freedom Fondling just as Nazi check in agents were a party and culpable to their actions.

    Freedom Fondling is an irrational fear to terrorists since the likelihood of being victim to terrorism is exceedingly minuscule. It's about the government training us to sit, beg, and roll over and not about security since TSA has never done anything to thwart terrorism.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  4. NStW

    So...let me get this straight: It's ludicrous to tell a traveler to quit their jobs if they don't appreciate the new security measures but it's not a mockery of the values our country was founded on to ask a TSA agent to quit? Now we're comparing TSA agents to Nazis? Seriously? Security comes at a price, as do all things in life. Unfortunately, our comfort is given up to ensure we aren't blown up by some idiot placing a bomb in his underwear. These TSA agents aren't to blame for the incidents surrounding this. They were told to do a job. I'm sure they don't enjoy it. Sure, they could quit. Easy solution, right? But in this economy do you really think they'll take the chance of spending months, maybe even a year, trying to find a job over being able to take care of their families now?

    November 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm |

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