Napolitano: “Very, very, very few” people get TSA patdowns

posted at 11:36 am on May 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

How many people actually suffer through TSA patdowns at airports?  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says, “Well, actually, very, very, very few people get a pat-down.”  That’s three verys, which is kind of like a triple-dog dare — and PolitiFact decided to take up Napolitano on the dare.  As it turns out, Napolitano’s claim depends on your definition of “few” … and probably “very,” too:

Atlanta TSA spokesman Jon Allen told us that during March, 3 percent of air passengers were subject to a pat-down. The TSA collects this data by monitoring “data from select airports throughout the year,” he wrote in an email. That number is “consistent with that of previous time periods.” …

PolitiFact Georgia therefore took the TSA figures and did some math. The TSA’s Allen told us that “on an average day, about 2 million people are screened at TSA checkpoints.” Three percent of 2 million is 60,000 people.

That means that over the course of a month, roughly 1.8 million people receive a pat-down. That’s more than four times the population of Atlanta.

That doesn’t sound like “very, very, very” few people to us.

It depends on your perspective.  That can also describe the number of people covered under waivers granted at HHS for ObamaCare, too.  I’m betting they use four verys over at HHS to describe the impact of waivers.

PolitiFact gave Napolitano a “pants on fire” verdict for this claim, but it may not be the only one for TSA this week.  ProPublica reported yesterday that TSA claims of safety for the scanners that travelers can use to avoid the gate grope may not be as safe as TSA claimed, and that the science behind their claims cannot be reproduced to check it:

But some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say the evidence made public to support those claims is unreliable. And in anew letter sent to White House science adviser John Holdren, they question why the TSA won’t make the scanners available for independent testing by outside scientists. …

According to the agency and many radiation experts, the dose is so low, even for children or cancer patients, that someone would have to pass through the machines more than a thousand times before approaching the annual limit set by radiation safety organizations.

But the letter to the White House science adviser, signed by five professors at University of California, San Francisco, and one at Arizona State University, points out several flaws in the tests. Studies published in scientific journals in the last few months have also cast doubt on the radiation dose and the machines’ ability to find explosives.

A number of scientists, including some who believe the radiation is trivial, say more testing should be done given the government’s plans to put millions of passengers through the machines. And they have been disturbed by the TSA’s reluctance to do so.

Just to be clear, these scientists aren’t saying that the machines are unsafe, either.  What they’re saying is that the methodology used by TSA for their safety and dosage claims is flawed, and that they object to the lack of access to the technology so that independent tests can be conducted.  In fact, the mere suggestion of an independent study appears to shock TSA:

After her article was published, Smith-Bindman was contacted by a TSA public affairs officer. During the conversation, she suggested that she or other outside scientists be allowed to test the machine. The official was shocked by the suggestion and said such access could tip off people who want to avoid detection, Smith-Bindman said.

One scenario posed by scientists is that of mechanical failure.  The backscatter beam moves quickly, thanks to a high-speed rotating wheel that keeps it from sticking on one point of a body, which could create medical problems.  Scientists are concerned that machines in operation 24/7/365 could experience malfunction in the wheel.  TSA says that they have fail-safe systems and emergency stop buttons to keep passengers safe, but that’s not what Johns Hopkins researchers found:

When Johns Hopkins researchers visited the Rapiscan facility, the automatic termination appeared to work. But the full results of the shutoff tests are redacted.

What’s more, the test system didn’t have an emergency stop button.

Do you feel very, very, very safe now?  I wonder what pants on fire look like in a backscatter image …


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Morons the lot of them.
Oh, liars too

bbz123 on May 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Atlanta TSA spokesman Jon Allen told us that during March, 3 percent of air passengers were subject to a pat-down.

And of that 3%, 85% were American citizens, ages 2-5 or 70+.

SETTLE DOWN, GRANDMA.

Jeddite on May 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Very, very, very few” people get TSA patdowns

…says the woman who has never stood in a TSA line.

BobMbx on May 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

“Well, actually, very, very, very few Muslim people get a pat-down.

Fixed it for her

Dingbat63 on May 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

And here I thought if 1 person had their privates fondled by a stranger, it was 1 too many. Guess I was wrong.

lorien1973 on May 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Do you feel very, very, very safe now? I wonder what pants on fire look like in a backscatter image …

I feel you now……ah… yea that feels good…

Mcguyver on May 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

She sounds disappointed at the number.

Vashta.Nerada on May 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

If you don’t get a pat down, you get a scanner strip search. So, of you combine the two, that 3% becomes more like 99%.
In order to go to work, you’re required to submit to a strip search or being felt up.

“The terrorists hate us because of our freedom”. GWB.

Yeah, riiiiiggggghhhhttttt.

KMC1 on May 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Atlanta TSA spokesman Jon Allen told us that during March, 3 percent of air passengers were subject to a pat-down.

Does the TSA believe that anywhere near 3% of the air traveling population is a potential terrorist?

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Pants on fire

It’s more like “pants on the ground”

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Sounds like I’m not flying anywhere for the foreseeable future.

teke184 on May 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

“Do you feel very, very, very safe now?…”

Well…

… at least the borders are secure.

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Redundancy alert, but I have to ask again: Can someone show me one instance where the TSA stopped a terrorist from boarding a plane.

Vashta.Nerada on May 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Dogs would be cheaper and more effective. Pigs, too…

Gohawgs on May 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

And in anew letter sent to White House science adviser John Holdren, they question why the TSA won’t make the scanners available for independent testing by outside scientists. …

John Holdren will be right on it, I’m sure. After he blasts stuff into the atmosphere to stop global warming, and puts sterilants in drinking water to stop the population bomb.

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

That means that over the course of a month, roughly 1.8 million people receive a pat-down. That’s more than four times the population of Atlanta.

That doesn’t sound like “very, very, very” few people to us.

To determine the number of pat downs that TSA does, simply calculate the differential between the surge in latex glove sales after TSA started doing them and the lower number of glove sales before they started.

That math is good enough for a Democrat…

Mcguyver on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Well, I got one the last time I flew, as did everyone else in the security line at our podunk airport. Meanwhile my bag with an illegal can of hair mousse made it through the x-ray machine without anyone batting an eye.

So, no, I do not feel very, very, very safe. Sorry Big Sis.

NoLeftTurn on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

60,000 people

Not very small. By Janet’s definition of very and few, we could say that
“Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very few members of Tea Parties and Christians are terrorists”

and we’d still probably be off by a few orders of magnitude.

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

“Well, actually, very, very, very few people get a pat-down.”

Compared to the number of people who fly? Yes.

Compared to the number of terrorist plots foiled as a direct result of this procedure? Not even close.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

I’ve gotten a couple of TSA patdowns. I am neither swarthy-looking, nor a particularly frequent traveler.

I’ve also experienced inconsistent enforcement standards. Articles that I was allowed to carry on at MIA, for example, were confiscated at Denver.

It’s gotten depressing.

SWLiP on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Look folks, Big (and I mean very very very big) Sis has solved several problems at once. You know of course that we have a problem with people growing too old in this country and expecting to receive the medicare and Social Security they and their employers paid into. Then there’s these pedophiles that need employment because it’s all about jobs.

and a letter to Janet:

Dear Big (and I mean very very very big) Sis:
You ain’t seen nothing until you drop by the airport and see TSA man handle my 67 year old husband for the sole reason that he’s on oxygen. He’s a real threat to the world you know.

katablog.com on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

And somewhere in Hollywood, upon reading this report on TSA Scanner safety, a writer for the “Final Destination” horror movie series detects the germ of an idea developing in their head for a future installment.

pilamaye on May 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

The backscatter beam moves quickly, thanks to a high-speed rotating wheel that keeps it from sticking on one point of a body, which could create medical problems. Scientists are concerned that machines in operation 24/7/365 could experience malfunction in the wheel. TSA says that they have fail-safe systems and emergency stop buttons to keep passengers safe, but that’s not what Johns Hopkins researchers found:
When Johns Hopkins researchers visited the Rapiscan facility, the automatic termination appeared to work. But the full results of the shutoff tests are redacted.
What’s more, the test system didn’t have an emergency stop button.

So if you are standing there with your hands in the air, and you start to feel a burning sensation on one spot on your body, you’re toast. Call the oncologist and schedule your appointment.

Some of the scientists looking at the images, and comparing them to the level of X-rays measured at the “test” machines that they were allowed to examine, said there was no way they could get the clarity of the images from the measured levels of X-rays. Sounds like the “test” machines had the power dialed down. Scary stuff, I ain’t going through that thing.

iurockhead on May 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Compared to the number of people who fly? Yes.

Compared to the number of terrorist plots foiled as a direct result of this procedure? Not even close.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Given that Janet belongs to an administration that cherry picks “horror stories” that only have impact on probably less than 1% of the population, I’d say 3% is a pretty large percentage.

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Dear Big (and I mean very very very big) Sis:
You ain’t seen nothing until you drop by the airport and see TSA man handle my 67 year old husband for the sole reason that he’s on oxygen. He’s a real threat to the world you know.

katablog.com on May 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Worth repeating!

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Just wait till she tells us the border is very very very very safe

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Pasty, doughy, stupid, insensitive and incompetent. All the things we want in a HSS. The lose-lose for Obama is that he doesn’t even look good by comparison.

SKYFOX on May 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Well, only a very, very, very few people will get cancer.

catmman on May 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

There doesn’t seem to be one single person in bho’s team that knows how to tell the truth about anything is there?
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letget on May 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Very few. Leftist are trying the math weapon again.

Well, what does very few really mean to a leftist.How do those munbers compare to those other Democratic sense of math – like those abortions that are to be safe and rare? Rare means 53 million and rising, but to the left, truth with numbers, sexual invasion of privacy and the slaughter of innocent defensless life – who cares if it sound good to the voters?

Don L on May 17, 2011 at 11:53 AM

This coming from the woman who admitted she didn’t even know at first that it was against our own immigration laws for Illegals to hold jobs in the US. LOL

easyt65 on May 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

This is true. Most people who get pat-downs are toddlers, grannies, and busty young women, and what percentage are they of airline travelers?

Here is a better question: What percentage of TSA employees would have been fired from any other job two weeks after being hired?

Bishop on May 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Well, only a very, very, very few people will get cancer.

catmman on May 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

So few that perhaps we should stop trying to cure it!

/yeahjustwaitingforObamatosaythat

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

We are being conditioned to accept violations of constitutional rights in the name of safety for the masses.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin Franklin

tx2654 on May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Just following orders.

Rae on May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Even if it were very, very, very few people, what the hell does that have to do with the underlying problem of random and arbitrary government intrusiveness that does nothing to increase safety? The little kids, nuns and others who have been subjected to these unwarranted searches don’t give a crap how many other people have had their rights violated. They just care that it happened to them. And I care if it happens to anyone.

RadClown on May 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I think it’s entirely too much to ask that Frank Luntz run focus groups for Hannity and run DHS for Obama.

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Liberals believe there are just to many people on the planet. What better way to (to borrow from Dickens) decrease the surplus population, then to give millions a shot at getting cancer.

And we thought we had to worry about terrorists spreading anthrax or some other deadly crap around our country. Good lord!!!

capejasmine on May 17, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Get radiated or get groped. Your only choice if you want to fly, because radical ideologues in Washington refuse to use common sense measures.

Totally unacceptable.

petefrt on May 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Anybody who thinks that putting government hands down the pants of ordinary citizens, including grandmothers, babies, and young girls, is sick, and ignorant enough to be an Obama Democrat.

The rest of us think that this is an unnecessary, perverted, unconstitutionally intrusive, and demonstrably ineffective way to conduct safety screening.

landlines on May 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Just wait till she tells us the border is very very very very safe

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

She already did.

I’m reassured, aren’t you?

iurockhead on May 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

She already did.

I’m reassured, aren’t you?

iurockhead on May 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

She did, but did she use that many “very”s? Hmmm… if not, does that mean Billions of people are crossing the border every month?

MeatHeadinCA on May 17, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Don’t for get they got a child molester that worked for TSA and had been patting down little boys for a couple of years. Paid to do his thing, ain’t that cool. I thought they did background checks on their idiots before they hired them.

old war horse on May 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

She sounds disappointed at the number.

Vashta.Nerada on May 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

lol!..+1..good post!..:)

Dire Straits on May 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

I’m not worried. After the TSA unionizes, all these problems will be solved and we’ll all be safer.

Just shoot me now.

SlaveDog on May 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Maybe Janet missed the word “million” between the number 1.8 and the word “people”.

hawksruleva on May 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

@ old war horse, now why would you think that they wouldnt hire a childmolester. look at whats in the white house now, http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2011/05/white-house-inf.html

Remember the old saying “Birds of a feather.”

ColdWarrior57 on May 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Democrats in office— say anything but the truth..

tinkerthinker on May 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM

And here I thought if 1 person had their privates fondled by a stranger, it was 1 too many. Guess I was wrong.

lorien1973 on May 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Given recent rulings by SCOTUS and the Indiana Supreme Court, authorities can enter your house at will. Apparently it’s also ok to feel you up, as long as you say “it’s for safety” first.

hawksruleva on May 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

How long must we endure that cow-eyed incompetent Napolitano?

RebeccaH on May 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Get radiated or get groped. Your only choice if you want to fly, because radical ideologues in Washington refuse to use common sense measures.
petefrt on May 17, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Liar. There is a third choice. Be a sweaty, fidgety, muslim dude wearing a bulky dishdasha, carrying a one-way cash ticket, and shouting “Allahu Ackbar!”…you will breeze right through security.

Bishop on May 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

That means that over the course of a month, roughly 1.8 million people receive a pat-down. That’s more than four times the population of Atlanta.

She’s probably using the national debt as frame of reference, so, yes,1.8 million really is “very, very, very few.” I mean, really…/

Dopenstrange on May 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

There are some people who just radiate stupid when they walk into a room and then confirm it when they open their mouths. Napolitano is one of those people.

RadClown on May 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I already HAVE cancer, and don’t want to be groped. I’m not flying anywhere unless I absolutely have to.

Bob's Kid on May 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

She’s a lying low life just like her boss. Big shocker.

dogsoldier on May 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

It’s not sexual assault if the government does it!

slickwillie2001 on May 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Posting from the NCL Epic just passed through the Straits of Gibraltar.

I got my special TSA fondling in Midway Airport/Chicago when I left for this cruise.

It. Was. Not. Fun.

Knucklehead on May 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Well dear sis has stepped in to help the rop type out at the Canadian border. It seems the rop type start making noise, they get the feds to help out. They are doing the same thing at the US/mexico border also with all those coming over that border.

http://www.freep.com/article/20110507/NEWS05/105070363/U-S-probe-look-border-concerns-Muslims
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letget on May 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Depends on the type of radiation. We won’t hear about the radiation from the porn scanners, but we will get hysterical headlines about finding traces of Fukushima residue in our mineral water.

the_souse on May 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

One of the ways that ensure a pat down to the extreme is to question anything TSA does. they have orders to harass Americans who do not bow and scrape. This is much more about Americans being made fearful of their government rather than catching Muslims fomenting terror.

pat on May 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Of course, this is the woman who says our border is more secure now than it’s been in years. That’s mainly because we have stopped trying to impose a US-controlled order on lengthy segments of it.

Meanwhile, very, very, very few people were killed on 9/11. Doesn’t make it right.

J.E. Dyer on May 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM

No jokes from me today: My wife and I fly a lot (I’m writing this from Europe) and we’re so hopeful that this may be finally coming to the attention of the Americans who don’t fly as frequently as we do.

Whether it’s once a week or once a year (if that) Americans should not stand for being treated in this way, standing like supplicants with arms above heads like a holdup victim in the X-ray scanners or arms out and palms up in a crucifix-like pose.

It’s outrageous. Even worse, it makes us look like fools for putting up with it.

Drained Brain on May 17, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Stupid…very, very, very stupid.

HGFinley on May 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I believe her. It’s just that the same “few” get picked all the time. I know that I have to fly often for work and I seem to get picked, magically EVERY TIME(is it the registered guns, or that I’m a vet?…it could be just that I’m an angry tea party racist).
Course I opt out of the cancer machines. I guess they figure one of these days they’ll catch me doing something wrong, not sure what, but something – me and that toddler.
If it wasn’t for work and taking my wife to Hawaii to see family I’d never fly again. It’s not doing anything for me to get felt up this much.

mauioriginal on May 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Is freedom of movement – travel – a right, or a privilege?

I beleive it is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. To be allowed to operate a vehicle for travel may be a privilege, but to be able to ride on that vehicle is a right.

Since freedom of movement is a right, IMHO, the argument that you must give up your 4th Amendment rights to travel is bogus. The government is saying that you must give up your 4th Amendment rights if you want to fly. Soon, they will apply that to bus and train travel.

When will they set up similar search requirements for autos, bikes, and pedestrians?

Bothered by warrantless wiretaps? What about warrantless searches when you try to move about the country, as is your right?

SouthernRoots on May 17, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Really? Really?
My experience this weekend: Round trip from Newark to Tampa.
Nekkid scan AND patdown both ways. I wore no jewelry, belt, shoes, no underwire bra. Pockets empty. No medical implants. Just plain, little old me. I think I must be on Big Sis’s TEA party terrorist list!

sandspur on May 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I have flown well over one million miles since 9/11 and the slightest bit of profiling would show that the probability of me being a threat to a flight is about as close to zero as one can get.

Now that the naked scanners have arrived, I have curtailed my business flights as much as possible and when I do fly, I insist on the patdown. I have TSA do it publicly (lately, it seems like TSA has been encouraging people to have it done in private), and as much as I dare, I make TSA as uncomfortable with the process as possible. No matter how you slice it, airport “security” is a demeaning process and if I’m going to be treated that way, so shall I to TSA.

glockomatic on May 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Hey Sis,

Let’s pat down only Muslims/Middle Easterners. This will reduce pat downs even more, and catch more of the people we are supposedly trying to catch.

Really Right on May 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Is Janet off the meds again?

nor on May 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I think I must be on Big Sis’s TEA party terrorist list!
sandspur on May 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Or on the “lookin’ real nice, let’s pat her down good” list.

albill on May 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM

WHY IS THAT DUDE WEARING LIPSTICK?

fossten on May 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

WHY IS THAT DUDE WEARING LIPSTICK?

fossten on May 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Lipstick on a pig?
I can’t believe she still has her job, only in this administration would she be considered an asset…

right2bright on May 17, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Napolitano: “Very, very, very few” people get TSA patdowns

Nappie is probably disappointed that she isn’t getting enough of them herself.

Perhaps they can set up a TSA inspection point outside her suite of offices over at DHS?

coldwarrior on May 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I wonder what the percentage of “felt-ups” is versus “pat-downs.”

Tennman on May 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Just close your eyes and dream, subjects:

“Micah R. Sadigh, a psychology professor at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., notes we might become flustered when we ‘feel that our rights are infringed upon and … [by] the fact that we feel pushed around by forces over which we have little or no control.’

The antidote, he says, is daydreaming. ‘It reduces tension and helps us sublimate our frustrations into something very helpful.’”

Depends on the type of radiation. We won’t hear about the radiation from the porn scanners, but we will get hysterical headlines about finding traces of Fukushima residue in our mineral water.

the_souse on May 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM

People really shouldn’t be so flippant about the on-going disaster that is Fukushima, which is yet another epic fascist fail.

Rae on May 17, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Apparently, I am one of the very, very, very few people who gets a pat down every time she steps though airport security.

Then again, if you’re like me and choose to opt out on the body microwave, you really have no choice but to get a very, very, very intimate pat down.

The Ugly American on May 17, 2011 at 2:38 PM

…and when I do fly, I insist on the patdown. I have TSA do it publicly…

Same here.

I now arrive to the airport 2 hours before my flight to allow for the inevitable grin n’ grope.

The Ugly American on May 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM

My mother was patted down in a wheel chair this past March, her foot broken and in a cast. The TSA ladies were very gentle and took extra care to make her comfortable. But it’s a joke that Napolitano thinks it’s not intrusive. I thanked the ladies that patted her down for being professional and careful. They were doing their job it’s not like they have any choice. My 82 year old wheel chair bound mother – has to be patted down to prove a diversity point? We don’t profile. How exactly did that stop that guy pounding on the cockpit door in mid flight yelling Allahu Akbar?

Dr Evil on May 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Ms. Jackson-Lee followed up HJ Res 64 with the introduction of HR 1900, yet another bill to give TSA sweeping powers over “surface transportation” such as train stations and bus terminals. Now you can be molested in planes, trains, and automobiles. Coming soon: shopping malls!

Rae on May 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

“Well, actually, very, very, very few people get a pat-down.”

Two weeks ago I’ll traveled to Rochester, NY from Baltimore, MD by plane. I went through the scanner with nothing in my pockets, no belt or anything metal on me whatsoever. The machined beeped when I was scanned. They asked me if I had anything in my pockets. I wanted to say, “Nothing but lint.” but knew better and just responded with a no.

Then I was given a pat down.

They saw and touched my junk.

Terrorists=2
shick=0

(grrr)

shick on May 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

“Well, actually, very, very, very few people liberals with connections get a pat-down.”

shick on May 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I sure wish that the “few” people that have been patted down call her office and tell them how they feel about being felt up. its so few that I am sure calls wont effect them .

ColdWarrior57 on May 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

How exactly did that stop that guy pounding on the cockpit door in mid flight yelling Allahu Akbar?

Dr Evil on May 17, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Wonder if he got the pat-down.

shick on May 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Do you feel very, very, very safe now? I wonder what pants on fire look like in a backscatter image …

Heh1

ted c on May 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I’ll take a pat down, and I’m going to be mindful of what I eat the night before and rip a fart as the guy gets near my bottom… Right in his face. And say sorry…

jeffn21 on May 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Very, Very, Very, Very ,Very few terrorists got waterboarded!

Opposite Day on May 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Ms. Jackson-Lee followed up HJ Res 64 with the introduction of HR 1900, yet another bill to give TSA sweeping powers over “surface transportation” such as train stations and bus terminals. Now you can be molested in planes, trains, and automobiles. Coming soon: shopping malls!

Rae on May 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Greyhound station…night shift…patdowns…ugh!

SKYFOX on May 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Very, Very, Very, Very ,Very few terrorists got waterboarded!

Opposite Day on May 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM

OH! So that justifies it then does it? /sarcasm

shick on May 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM

“Well, actually, very, very, very few people butt-ugly bullmoose lezzes like me get a pat-down.”

Now that I can believe.

infidel4life on May 17, 2011 at 4:34 PM

shick on May 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Most shoes have a metal spine in them, even many sneakers; I forget the shoemaker’s term for it. When you go through the metal detector you should drag your feet because the machines have low sensitivity at the bottom inch or two.

slickwillie2001 on May 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

One is too many.

clement on May 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Most shoes have a metal spine in them, even many sneakers; I forget the shoemaker’s term for it. When you go through the metal detector you should drag your feet because the machines have low sensitivity at the bottom inch or two.

slickwillie2001 on May 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

They have you take off your shoes before going in the scan machine.

shick on May 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM

clement on May 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Pat-downs are fine for the very suspicious and not the very, very, very many.

shick on May 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM

On my recent trip to Europe, I got 3 pat downs. They’re full of sh*t. One on my way out of the US, one on my origination flight within EU and then one at my connecting flight to the US. I’d venture to say that the final two were at the request of the US.

LIARS!

Levinite on May 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Oh, BTW, I am in the Global Entry (trusted traveler) program. Suspicious my left nut.

Levinite on May 17, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Levinite on May 17, 2011 at 7:37 PM

With a nick like Levinite you should be lucky you only got three.

shick on May 18, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I have been a TSA pat-down ‘customer’.

And it wasn’t pretty.

USCitizen on May 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM

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