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.