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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