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The Pat Down

We were in Tulsa airport on early Monday morning for our flight to Louisville via Dallas and a bus drive after to Cincinnati (its supposed to be cheaper for the company if we do it this way… loonng travel day!)  At security in Tulsa airport, everyone had to go through a body scanner and not the usual metal detectors scanner.  When asked, the airport staff said that its similar to a cellphone transmission.

Whatever it is, I dont really like the idea of going through scanners that emits some kind of waves into/through my body.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of our work, we had to face the scanners almost every Monday as we travel from city to city.  Its quite irritating but going through the scanners also means you dont have to stand in queues for long time (Imagine everyone wants a Pat Down… ), and its less invasive. 

Since the airport was not that busy and the staff looked friendly, I requested for The Pat Down.  I’ve never been searched that way before so am curious. 

I had to walk through the metal detector and was asked to stand on a little mat with 2 foot prints on it.  The lady officer asked me if I understand that she will be touching areas around my inner thighs and my breasts and I said yes.  She was all serious but kept her volume low as she explained further.  I appreciate that.  It would have been traumatising if she went,”I GOING TO TOUCH YOUR INNER THIGHS AREA AND BREASTS!” 

It was a detailed and systematic search; arms and hands shoulders and collar, inner waist bands, inner thighs, legs, foot (poor officer, a little yuky if socks stinks) and front chest area and sliding the hands on the breasts and under.  I didnt feel violated in anyway maybe because I had double pants and double tops on (for the cold weather) and so I was protected from feeling the touch of a stranger.  Hmm… maybe that’s the way to go, just wear more clothing and definitely no skirts on travel days.  I wonder how they will reach the inner thighs if the girl is wearing a long dress or skirt?  At the end of it, the officer used a special paper to clean the rubber gloves she had on and put it into a machine to test if there’s any traces of bomb chemicals. 

The pat down did make me feel more self conscious as I wondered what the hundreds others were thinking when I was getting the “special” attention; implants? special devices? secrets? suspect??  I’m wonder if this whole special scanning machines deal is really necessary or is it just another business opportunity?

January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment


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