I was patted down by TSA... and he didn't even offer to cuddle!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals

In the news recently much is being made of the new TSA regulations and the intrusiveness of their pat-downs. I didn't realize just how thorough TSA was being until last week when Lexi and I flew to Las Vegas to enjoy a long weekend out of town.

As a wheelchair user I'm always forced to forgo the metal detectors and undergo a one-on-one examination.  In the past this is actually been a perk as we go directly to the front of the line and the security personnel do a quick 1-2 minute check over me and my chair.  However, this time it was much different.  The TSA agent started from the collar on my shirt and worked his way all the way down to the tips of my toes.

I'm not going to lie part way through this pat down I began to feel uncomfortable and quickly got annoyed.  What used to be a quick 1-2 minute check have now turned into 10 minutes plus.  Everyone I had zipped past in the security line had long since gone past me and headed towards their departure gates.  By the end of this pat down I was borderline angry.

After the initial emotion wore off I began to contemplate my feelings on the situation.  I think part of the reason I became quickly annoyed was because I know I'm not a terrorist.  How could they think I am?  The more I thought about it the more I began to see it from another perspective.  If there were someone about to get on the plane with me that I thought looked a bit suspect, I would want them patted down extremely well... I don't care how uncomfortable they are.  When we are talking about national security and airline transportation safety can we be too careful?

While the pat-downs may feel intrusive, and even borderline violating, I would rather know that we are going to be safe in our travels.  The government is being encouraged to back off of these regulations but they are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  On one hand they will have to listen to complaints about violating people's personal space.  On the other hand if they relaxed these regulations and someone brings harm; who is everyone going to blame?

I think a few uncomfortable minutes is highly worth safety and security!

- Jordan

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Don't touch my junk! I heard that t-shirts are now being made with that infamous quote on them. I agree, I will take a pat down over an attempted terrorist attack on a plane!

Nov 22, 2010 05:08 AM #1
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Jordan, It certainly is a trade off for safety and unfortunately necessary these days.  I have not had the experience yet... but guess I do understand it.

 

Nov 22, 2010 05:09 AM #2
Rainer
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SentriLock, LLC - Cincinnati, OH

Jordan - Great post! Thanks for putting things into perspective for others. Over a year ago I had to go through a pretty secure patdown when leaving Canada to head back to the states. I was randomly selected and got quite a thorough patdown. I was out in the open and had coworkers nearby waiting (it was a business trip). The patdown was so thorough that my coworkers joked that the lady should have bought me dinner first! I did feel a bit violated but knew it was just her job and tried to remain as positive as possible despite my discomfort.

People want to know they are safe on their flights, but they only want you to check everyone ELSE! It just doesn't work that way!

-Laura Kreuter
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
SentriLock

Nov 22, 2010 05:12 AM #3
Rainer
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Lexi & Jordan Ostlund
RE/MAX Professionals - Gillette, WY

Michael - I may have to get one of those T-shirts!  Ha ha.

Robert - Agreed.  It is unfortunate but a necessity.

Laura - You are exactly right they want everyone else checked out!  I'm sure going through that in front of your coworkers open you up for all sorts of jokes... all in good fun I hope!

Nov 22, 2010 05:23 AM #4
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Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate

Jordan,

Well hopefully you did not get kissed either.  Yes I agree in order to keep us safe I am willing to be "patted down"  However as most will agree I believe we do not want to be taken advantage of. 

Nov 22, 2010 05:30 AM #6
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Lexi & Jordan Ostlund
RE/MAX Professionals - Gillette, WY

I agree Lary.  There is a fine line.  I want them to be thorough but I don't want to feel like I need a cigarette when it's over!

Nov 22, 2010 06:18 AM #8
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