TSA Pat-Downs Could Be Worse

Kabul, Afghansitan Airport Security Officer, March 2006
Kabul, Afghanistan Airport Security Officer, March 2006

There’s been a lot of media attention over TSA’s new security measures for international flights into the U.S. You can read TSA’s statement about opens in a new windowthose procedures here. Basically, passengers flying into the U.S. from or through 14 high-risk nations (i.e.: state sponsors of terrorism) are to receive the thorough, full-body pat-downs along with search of carry-on luggage.

What I find interesting is how media outlets seem to be portraying the procedures as new. Plus, most people seeing broadcasts showing reporters receiving pat-downs for the cameras, won’t have the privilege of receiving one, unless traveling from or through one of those high-risk countries (i.e.: Afghanistan).

Am I the only one who’s received a full-body pat-down prior to December’s underwear bomber? And I’m not referring to my trip home from Kabul. Stateside I’ve received full-body pat-downs and yeah, they’re a bit invasive but not the end of the world.

Besides, things could be worse. TSA could be asking us to take off our underwear.  Why? Thanks to opens in a new windowshoe bomber Richard Reid we need to take off our shoes – even flip-flops – when passing through airport security. Be thankful we get to keep on our undies when flying the friendly skies… at least for now.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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