November 19th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Scans and pat-downs: What you should know

Marnie Hunter

(CNN) - Heading to the airport for the first time in months? My, how things have changed.

New security checkpoint measures, which some travelers call "groping" and "virtual strip searches," have sparked a public outcry.

The ramped up use of pat-downs and full-body scanning is needed to stop non-metallic threats including weapons and explosives from getting aboard planes, the Transportation Security Administration says. And it appears that most Americans agree. In a recent CBS News poll, 4 out of 5 Americans supported the use of full-body scans.

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  1. Mrs K5

    ALl the arguments that TSA makes a re perfectly reasonable, assuming that all TSA employees perform at the level of FBI agents. However, TSA employees are clearly NOT like FBI agents. A quick glance is all that is needed to prove to the average traveler that the TSA agent about to sexually molest them is only employed by the federal government because they really can't hold down a regular, thinking person's job.
    If you want me to submit myself and my children to sexual assault to fly on a plane, then I demand BETTER treatment.

    November 20, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  2. Deby

    I saw Mica on 360 tonight. I was outraged by his lies. He was promoting the out sourcing of TSA screeners jobs. I hope people realize that the biggest contractor performing screening just happens to be in his district. Also the owner just happens to have dinner with Mica who just happens to get money from them. The same company hired a felon who was conducting security screening at SFO. I bet Nancy P didn't know that Think about it Contractors Select their employees who perform the screening. They work for the company not the government. Mica falsely told Anderson that contractors perform better and referred to a GAO report. I have a copy it actually say stye government is paying significantly more money for contractors to do the same work and they do not perform any different Does Mica get that Out sourcing screener defeats the purpose of establishing DHS /TSA. It would only decentralize and take us back. Since he claims to have written the legislation to support outsourcing screeners. Maybe he should be accountable for the additional cost in millions to the taxpayers and be accountable for assisting terrorist activity by supporting outsourcing of these jobs. Feds are screened during the hiring process people with felony criminal records are not hired.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  3. jonn noel

    why are we scared to profile and it seems to me that if you are Muslims they do not call you i travel and i see it all the time it is like they are scared they just let them go on though, and now they can not touch for religion reason

    November 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  4. jim wang

    Regarding the body scans, analysis by actual humans is inherently flawed and invasive. Surely, the technology to analyze these scans by computer already exists.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  5. james standefer

    A fact:
    we are at war. Our enemy is patient and consist of a limitless supply of zealots who are willing to sacrifice their lives for, they believe, a better after-life. Scanners and pat-downs are necessary – remember, one of our own, the army officer, killed others. There are those living here who would be willing to blow up a plane.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  6. Michael

    I believe that any increase in airport security will be seen as a violation of privacy by those that ignore the fact that this is just a part of the post 9/11 world. I guess we could just get rid of aircraft security all together and see if flying at your own risk works...

    November 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  7. Guy Beaudoin

    Let the Public vote on it. If the american people don't want to get on board with the screening, they can either not fly or take their chances that their plane doesn't blow up ! Its on them !

    November 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Charles Semones

    Flying is a privilege, not a right. There must be strict rules to maintain safety during the flights and if not followed, you should not be allowed to fly. You should also know that you may be searched before boarding the plane. No exceptions should be made for religion, race, or any thing else (except for children).
    Granted, the government (and definitely not hired contractors, paid and trained even less) should have strict rules on how they do the search. We must also make sure the scanners are safe, do not store the images and cannot transmit the scanners. The searches should also be done behind screens (privately) and common sense should be used with children.

    November 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  9. Sue Balk

    How does the scanner tell the differance between a bomb in the underware and an old lady wearing a Depends.:-) There would also be some other things to question that women could be wearing.
    Just curious???

    November 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  10. Madinah

    I have said it before and will say it again, this country is finish. Anytime, it is legal for someone to touch the private parts of men, women and children, just for travel what's left except for destuction.
    Man destroys himself this time, man-kind have lost all since of right and wrong. He has no pride, no dignity, and no respect he will do anything, don't care who he hurts.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm |