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Passengers are Stripping for TSA Agents

By Laura Strachan, Esq. on December 08, 2010 5:47 AM

The new TSA procedures have instilled an array of reaction in air travel passengers. Many are worried about airport body scanners radiation; other are upset about being felt up in the now infamous TSA pat downs.

From pasties designed to block the screening to National Opt Out Day, passenger reactions to the enhanced pat-downs and screenings have been making as many headlines as the procedures themselves.

Recently a man walked through Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport with nothing but a Speedo on and "I Heart TSA" written on his back. Whether this was a form of protest or support is still unclear. The video has since been posted on YouTube and has received over 10,000 views to date.

Meanwhile, Fox News reports that a week earlier a woman, boarding a flight from Oklahoma City, stripped down to her bra and underwear in an effort to "get through security faster." Of course, once she cleared security, she donned more appropriate travel clothes.

Whatever time stripping down to a Speedo or a bra may save, it likely is lost in the ensuing spectacle. There obviously is a time and place for protesting the TSA procedures. Public displays are not the most effective way to go about changing these procedures. With the continuing stream of creative approaches to the TSA procedures, it will be interesting see if any compromise is reached with this privacy issue.

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