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November 10, 2010

Airport security woes

Airport security and me are inseparable. This time, it was at the Las Vegas International airport. I was stopped at the security and asked to go via the full body scanner instead of the metal detector. No surprise there! I contemplated for a second and asked them if it is mandatory to go through it and they said, “No”. So I told them that I won’t go through it if it is not mandatory. As soon as I said that, they announced to every other TSA personnel in the vicinity by yelling that they have an “opt out”. A security personnel came to me and told me that since I opted out, I will be manually searched. And he then went on to describe how they will search me. It went something like this “We will touch your inner thigh, around the breasts, butt, blah blah and blah”. It is not like I had a better choice than say yes. So then, they yell for a lady TSA person. The lady comes and asks if I am sensitive to touch, I was like, huh, Let us try and see how I do! Then she asks me if I want to be touched in privacy or in front of everyone. I went, sure! I like an audience, so let us do it in public. Then she starts rubbing me with her rubber gloved hands all over, it was a little short of a cavity search. And finally she said she was done, and I said, Thanks for the free massage and left! We got to see the positive side of everything, right? While all this was happening, my colleagues and hundred other travelers were having fun watching me and wondering why I wouldn’t go through the scanner. I have my reasons:

  • They were picking people randomly and they had to body search the people even after the scan (The body scanner was raising an alarm for the last 3 people that were asked to go through body scanner before me).
  • TSA personnel weren’t sure about what they can/cannot see
  • TSA personnel weren’t sure whether they will/will not store the scanned images
  • TSA personnel weren’t sure if the radiation from the scanner is bad for health.
  • And they were picking mostly women! So wasn’t sure if the person watching the scanned images did that deliberately or not!

And tell me I was wrong after reading this story from today.

Update: I am not alone! Check this out!


  1. Oh. My. God. Im speechless.

    YY: Apparently, they have started installing this naked scanner all over the world!

    Comment by B o o. — November 10, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  2. WHAT ????? I don’t know what to say …

    Comment by CA (Cantaloupe's amma) — November 10, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  3. WTH?!

    Comment by Praveen — November 11, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  4. Remember the Poove Poochooda Vaa kannaadi. I think pat down is better because there it is one person violating your body but with the scanner the whole govt sees it.

    YY: Pat down, better! Depends on how sensitive/private you are! More than pat down, it is a rub down!

    Comment by Vidya — November 13, 2010 @ 2:34 am

  5. WTF!!Atrocious!!

    I am yet to see one of those. You did the right thing by going for a pat down, me thinks, just for all the reasons you stated.

    YY: SJC hasn’t started using it yet! But other places have started using it randomly!

    Comment by shoba — November 15, 2010 @ 4:29 am

  6. Speechless. So, there is no true “opt-out” then, I guess. The choice is between the devil and deep sea…

    YY: Either get your naked pictures or get groped!

    Comment by A-kay — November 16, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  7. I feel horrible now, I wasnt aware of this pat down option and would have anyday chosen this.

    SFO airport has this idiotic thing now and have already gone through it.Serious WTH!- i think i shud drop the decency use F there.

    Somebody sue these people!

    PS: since most ppl dont have a victoria secret body, honestly the person who sees those images is going to get some mental issues as well!

    YY: People have already started suing! Let us see how it all ends!

    Comment by sachita — November 17, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  8. Yes, I read this news article and was shocked! What do they want to achieve with this? Disgusting…
    BTW, You really thanked them for a massage? That was cheeky!

    Comment by Saumya — December 8, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  9. Read this one 😀 –

    Comment by revsjoiedevivre — December 16, 2010 @ 9:25 am

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