November 15th, 2010
09:54 PM ET

Standing Up to Pat Downs: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, standing up to pat downs and other airport security measures, like full body scans that fliers feel have gone way too far. One man's pat down videotape sparked this new round of outrage when he warned a TSA worker, "If you touch my junk, i'm gonna have you arrested." How did that turn out? We'll tell you. We're keeping them honest.

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  1. Maureen T., Canada

    Dolphins are so beautiful!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Jennifer - Michigan

    It looks like the dolphins are smiling. They are so cute!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  3. Rick

    I would like to point out to Michael in L.A. that security policy is a reciprocal fuction. If he feels that strip searches are indaquate to assure his flying safety, he always has the perogative to drive to his destination.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Jean, Toronto


    It is funny to see the small cat chasing the big crocodile. Very funny.
    Can you inform the viewers why crocodiles roam the world just as snakes and what is their purpose? In addition to other dangerous animals and mammals, I do think that those should not be roaming the world.
    It was amusing to see the cat chase the crocodiles. I chuckled at that view.
    We need more cats in the world as also in areas where crocodiles of all are in existence as in Florida.
    Now that I have see this amusing view of the cat chasing the crocodiles I do think that everyone in those areas where crocodiles are hazards should own a cat.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I will be interested in finding out how they know that dolphins recognize themselves in a mirror.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Paula, Colorado

    A missing child should be first priority under the law.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They see happy dolphins.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Emily

    An 'entire' family went missing?
    (How often does that happen?)

    November 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Maureen T., Canada

    That's so true. Thank goodness Anderson shines the light on these types of topics! Journalism at it's best

    November 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  10. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I know i keep saying that "just when i thought i have seen everyting"....something Else arises that truly boggles My Mind!

    Our own government is "protecting" abducted children?! UNbeleivable!!
    Oh Yeah, Congress will get right on this legislation, NOT-(i apologise for my cynicism), however the gentlman may be right, that with the exposure on AC360 Congree might act.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  11. Janis

    Just overlooked. Anderson, you do bring things out that need to be changed. Good for you and your team.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Jennifer - Michigan

    I was thinking the same thing. It's a tricky situation – that's why the privacy policy is in place.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh boy!!!! I am shocked!!!!! No one take (kidnapped children) at all, Why IRS??????

    November 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Lori

    The law should be changed.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Janis

    Good for him. That a real proactive man.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  16. Janis

    If they can't get information even with a court order by law enforcement, then the laws need to be enhanced to include child abduction cases.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  17. lisal -canada

    you could look at it that way – but flip the situation around – what if (say, for example) that a mother (or father) was trying to keep themselves away from an abusive situation

    i would ASSUME that most abductions are with the 'bad' parent being the 'abductor' – but if releasing information resulted in the non-protective parent getting access to the child that could be a problem erring in the opposite direction

    November 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  18. Maureen T., Canada

    That's a lot of children abducted.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I can see the IRS protecting the privacy of people, but when it comes to abduction they need to help out especially when the family knows who took the child

    November 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  20. Heather in Georgia

    Observing behaviors is smart and sensible security.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Emily

    "Basic common sense" is not so common.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why did those people let that cat get near those alligators? How stupid was that?

    November 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  23. Maureen T., Canada

    The law certainly needs to be fixed.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Janis

    I wonder if she should have gone to law enforcement first. IRS doesn't know what her intents were.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Emily

    It's awful that there are so many crimes that are committed against children, yet even worse that it's family & friends of the family that are so often the perpetrators.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "I wonder if that is what Rangel is hoping for with what he just pulled?"

    I am sure of it. It just goes to show you how corrupt our government is.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  27. Lily from Atlanta, Georgia

    That is one brave kitty cat! Taken em all on!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Janis

    That's one lucky cat. Snap! Gone in 60 seconds. Sends chills just watching it.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Evening! Greetings!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  30. Kelly, PA

    Good thing cats don't watch tv- we don't need a bunch of cats trying that at home 😉

    November 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  31. lisal -canada

    animals so are very expressive – i wonder if the dolphins see themselves as happy – they look like they are laughing and having a bit of fun?

    November 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love "The Shot" with cat & alligators, Cat made screech at alligator goes back to lake and one come back again, It made me laugh!!!! LOL!!! 🙂 I love this!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Janis

    The manslaughter story is sad all around. But, it's so misdirected to turn around and sue the parents. It won't bring him any peace and is so cruel to try and dump the guilt on lifelong grieving parents.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Sue R. Canton MI.

    "Todays Shot" That is one brave cat!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Now that is a tough kitty!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Emily-'Seems like Rangel is looking for time & or sympathy?'

    I think he is looking for both

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  37. Maureen T., Canada

    I always knew cats were fearless! Meow 🙂

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Emily

    OMG!! It really is something! Everyone is now a victim! The nerve to sue & blame the parents...speechless!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Heather in Georgia

    I'm all for reasonable security, but a pat down is not going to discover a bomb placed inside the body. It's not eliminate or catching what we want it to catch. What it will do is cause people to fly less once they get molested by the screeners. I don't mind a dog with a good nose walking around or an air puffer, or even a "swab" on my hands/arms. But there is no reason to make a disabled person on their way to Disney from Massachusetts drive for 2 days because flying is forbidden. Congress needs to fly coach instead of their private jets and then this nonsense will stop.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    LOve that cat video!!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Jennifer - Michigan

    That's awesome with the cat fighting the crocs! Very funny

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Lori

    That is one tough cat!

    November 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Mike

    What if it were you or your loved one on a plane where a bomb or weapon was carried on and used?
    As a physician, I probe inside all orifices of the human body. Isn't that an violation of privacy? A sexual assault? Yet you allow it because it is in the best interest of your health! Scans and pat-downs are meant to save lives. Your life, my life, and countless others. If you don't participate – then you don't fly. That's the way it should be.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "...but Rangel will probably get off on a technicality or loophole."

    I wonder if that is what Rangel is hoping for with what he just pulled? (the extra time, or perhaps "sympathetic people")

    November 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  45. Maureen T., Canada

    Pray for the folks in Haiti...

    November 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  46. Simmie

    What were New Yorker's thinking to re-elect Rangel during mid-terms?

    November 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  47. Lisa in Louisville

    I read the NYT article about the IRS not releasing information on alleged child abductors. Another sad story. With all of the information that is "out there" about all of us (SS#, bankng info, etc.) it boggles my mind that the IRS won't share something as simple as a home address.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  48. Lucy

    Convenient, isn't it, that Tyner had the video recording feature on his cell phone active when he feigned his "outrage" over this?

    Looks to me like he got exactly what he wanted – his 15 minutes of fame. And the media is playing right into it – as usual.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Jean, Toronto

    It is no longer encouraging to fly. I am also totally against body scanners and those security strangers touching the private parts of passengers. I have considered that there may be perverts and pedophiles who are responsible for performing those body security checks. I visualize that they would get a kick about viewing those scanners and also a thrill in viewing them.
    My feeling is that people should boycott traveling in protest be it for one day if not more days and see how the airline and the government would appreciate it and feel about that.
    Can the government not devise another method of performing security checks? Is this all and what the government is capable of doing? Surely it can do better in order to avoid passengers such embarrassing moments whenever they travel by air.

    November 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Michelle

    We are left with no viable option to the x-ray machine. The persons behind the screen and/or assigned to perform a full pat down should have higher and specific qualifications (such as a physicians assistant) than normal TSA personnel. TSA personnel and those performing pat downs should not be a part of the same organization and should not have contact with one another. This would help give some since of dignity to persons going through security and also a viable option to being x-rayed

    November 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
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