TSA Security Patdown Spurs Frenzy of Protest

by NPHM | November 17th, 2010

On October 29, 2010, the Transportation Security Administration implemented new security measures, which require passengers to submit to a patdown, performed by a member of the same gender. The patdown is an option for passengers who refuse the full-body scanner.

According to ABCNews, many fliers, including pilots, are up in arms over the patdowns, which involve touching of the breast and groin areas, and are lodging protests, calling the measures “sexual molestation” and “sexual assault.” TSA security is now permitted use the front of their hands for these procedures.

Option to the Body Scanner

The full-body scanner, formally known as Advanced Imaging Technology, provides security officials with an essentially nude photo of the traveler with only the face blurred out for privacy. While the patdown is offered as an alternative to the scanner, some passengers are to the point of not flying anymore as a result of these procedures.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole continue to defend the new security measures, claiming such moves are necessary to protect the flying public.


“Is TSA Security Patdown Sexual Molestation?” Mayerowitz, Scott. ABCNews. November 2010. Accessed
on 11/15/2010.