New Airport Security Pat Downs Too Close For Comfort?

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — If you already think the government probes into your life a little too much, you might want to stay away from the airport – because security screening is about to get a little more personal, as CBS 2’s Jay Dow reports.

As airports across the country roll out the Transportation Security Administration’s new, high tech full body x-ray machines, an alternative is being offered to those who feel that the scanners don’t leave enough to the imagination.

Anyone who refuses to subject themselves to the full body x-ray will be subject to the TSA’s new, old-fashioned alternative: a pat down.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

“We would do a full body pat down as an alternative, to ensure that there are no threat items on the person,” said Russell McCaffrey of the TSA.

While some passengers may be concerned about the revealing nature of the machine’s images, some travelers say that when it comes to invading her privacy, the TSA’s hands-on, open palm, sliding approach is worse.

“I feel there’s more privacy infringement with the pat down than there is with a full body scan,” said traveler Barb Lenihan.

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Andreca Frater, a LaGuardia passenger. “That’s invading people’s privacy. I understand what they’re trying to do, but that’s borderline.”

Others disagree.

“I don’t care at all,” said Connecticut resident Rose McCallum. “I like to be safe than sorry.”

The TSA’s position is that adopting a full body pat down procedure helps detect hidden and dangerous items, including explosives.

“Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others,” the agency said in a statement.

  • Theresa A. Foust

    My granddaughter age 6 months had to be patted down as well as her mother because my daughter refused to have t he formula that she was carring onto the plane to be opened. It goes bad if it’s not refigarated. This happened in Des Moines Iowa. Yet on the return flight they didn’t even ask to open the formula as in Denver they have dogs that smell for exposive materials.

  • Sandy

    can we at least insist that female passengers screening will be done by females ? Is that too much to ask….considering

  • Hmmm

    How does the pat down and the x ray help when the devices are placed on board prior to take off at another country?

  • me

    Everyone should request the pat down. When they get anywhere close to somewhere personal, passengers should say in a husky voice “ooh yeah, baby, that’s the way I like it. Do that again.”

  • bob c

    How come Fat Janet wouldn’t go through the scan?

  • Jesus


  • forever a Beatle

    Funny… that’s what I’d expect to hear from the Navajo, the Apache, the Blackfoot, etc . Looks like it’s coming around. By the way Z isn’t far from the truth. Cavity searches may be the next option as soon as all other methods fail. And FTFY has made an interesting point. It’s like I’ve heard people say “If a car thief wants your car there’s not much you can do about it. They will find a way. Don’t get me wrong. I, like everyone else, would like to feel that my family and friends are safe And trying to build a better mouse trap is good for the economy. As for the pat downs, the X rays and implants, so long as the problem deals with a human element there will always be a way. Everything else is just psychological first aid. Something to make you feel better. My solution is the same as Lennon’s. All you need is Love. Love is all you need. Imagine. (ojo)

  • Frequent flyer soon no more

    Soon as a local airport near you: body cavity scanners. If you opt out, you get a body cavity search. Very real since explosives can be hidden in there, right?

    And, after we get body cavity searches… anyone watch batman, where the joker hid the explosives in the guy?

  • na

    if want to complain, why dun blame for those stupid Muslim. they are those who make our lives more difficult.

  • Clark Ken-ton

    ..umm..thanks…but I’m sure we’d all rather that you not.

  • CSI

    complain, complain, complain. Stop complaining and see how life will be just a little more easier.

  • Z

    The future terrorists will be hiding C4 in their rectum…which means cavity searches for all. yipeee.

  • ProudAmerican

    You are right there is no 100% security. If anyone is the fool it must be you skip. Turn the tv or radio on people are trying to hurt Americans daily. So if the govt is making efforts to protect us, then I am for it. I am not for the govt sticking there noses anywhere else but my safety.

    • Michael H.

      “people are trying to hurt each other daily.”


      Stop acting as though we’re the only target.

      The terrorists are winning, by the way. We’re running around with our tails between our legs, letting strangers grab and poke, and for what? First it was metal detectors. Then after a shoe bomb, we have to take our shoes off. Then it was an underwear bomb, and we’re getting full body scans and aggressive pat downs. What’s next? How far are you willing to go. How much of your freedom are you willing to give up for a little “peace of mind.” You don’t deserve either.

  • Skip

    To all you fool`s who think that just because you get scanned or a pat down will make you safe, then you are stupider than you sound in your comments. There really is no hundred percent security. Remember that. Wake up fools

  • Diane

    If you don’t feel good about the pat down, get the full body scan, i am tired of people complaining that the goverment is not doing enough, but when they try, the same people complain that they feel invaided. Make up your mind

  • Mason M Jouridine

    I personally think it’s ok, as long as I am safe when I board a plane and get to my destination safely they can look anywhere as they please, Hell, I even go nude if I had to.

    Columbia, MD

    • DanTe

      To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: Any T ARDS willing to give up their liberties for short term security don’t deserve liberty.

      And don’t worry about radiation. The machines uses only politician approved magic light to see through you.

      Effing T ARDS like you are what brought down every republic in the past.

      • Nick

        With things like these who would throw away their American Rights at the first sign of adversity – can we really be surprised that America is on the down hill slide?

      • D uMb D anTe

        Darn straight. And while we’re at it, let’s get rid of the metal detectors. I don’t want to give up ANY of my liberties. Good bye security checkpoint. We’ll just figure out how to deal with the next shoe-bomber once we’re in the air. USA!! USA!! USA!!

    • Safetrips

      totally agree+++++++

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