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Old 12-13-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I got patted down by female security on my way to London in 1974 during the Troubles.

Tomorrow we'll be traveling to France and I know that JAX has one and that MIA has at least one. I haven't had to be scanned yet but I know it is a possibility.

I'm not crazy about the shoe thing, either.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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They should just have it where the people who hate the TSA and airport security can go on a certain plane with all the other people who didn't want to go through security.

The rest of us who don't want to die will go through security.

I read an article today that saidthey find 5 weapons a day throughout the world or USA (can't remember)...Whether they find that by patting down or the X-ray thing, I don't know.. But point is, if you want to live, go through it and shut up!
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Seldom in the USA have I gotten a pat-down search except when the equipment was funky and caused problems. The x-ray isn;t a big deal at all and sometimes its actually faster than waiting for the metal detectors when family hoards are jamming up the lines.

outside the USA, this is more much more common and way more accepted and few (mostly americans) complain.
Uh ... It took longer for them to process me through the x-ray scanner versus the quickie metal detector
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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They should just have it where the people who hate the TSA and airport security can go on a certain plane with all the other people who didn't want to go through security.

The rest of us who don't want to die will go through security.

I read an article today that saidthey find 5 weapons a day throughout the world or USA (can't remember)...Whether they find that by patting down or the X-ray thing, I don't know.. But point is, if you want to live, go through it and shut up!
Do you think that airplanes and airports are the ONLY places susceptible to terrorist threats? Should we just install these detectors and TSA inspectors everywhere there's a crowd or in all public modes of transportation?
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Ontario, NY
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From personal experience the full x-ray lets the agent see nothing more than "blips" on a generic human form. It does not show your body parts..
I had zero metal on me, but when I went through the body scanner they asked me to remove my wallet and run it through the X-ray machine.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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I was patted down one time , years ago , leaving Las Vegas. At the time, I thought it was weird - I was only about 120lbs wearing skinny jeans and what I guess you'd call a leotard type t-shirt. (had snaps at the crotch but was a cotton blend for street wear) - so everything I had on was pretty form fitting. I think at the time it crossed my mind that the female agent just wanted to feel me up (I was also traveling with a military ID and other Marines). But it just wasn't worth worrying about.... my leave was getting ready to expire and I needed to be on that flight.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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Uh ... It took longer for them to process me through the x-ray scanner versus the quickie metal detector
if you use a good travel service, they usually will provide info on the airports security lines, setup and toming. So if the x-rays are located off to one side, when your id is checked, go to that side because odds are people are avoiding that side. They have also told me at which airports the x-rays are in use but mostly as walkup who just went on that line.

Often I find there are few people if any standing on line to be x-rayed and that means in and out faster than waiting while mom & dad try to get the 4 kids in line to walk through the metal detector while getting all their carry ones on the conveyer. Or waiting for Suzy Bling Bling to remove all the jewlery. And we can;t forget Old man jake with can;t figure out the proccess and should still be in the old folks home.

To me speed and comfort is more desirable than if some TSA agent happened to get a quick thrill looking at my bony blurry image.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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if you use a good travel service, they usually will provide info on the airports security lines, setup and toming. So if the x-rays are located off to one side, when your id is checked, go to that side because odds are people are avoiding that side. They have also told me at which airports the x-rays are in use but mostly as walkup who just went on that line.

Often I find there are few people if any standing on line to be x-rayed and that means in and out faster than waiting while mom & dad try to get the 4 kids in line to walk through the metal detector while getting all their carry ones on the conveyer. Or waiting for Suzy Bling Bling to remove all the jewlery. And we can;t forget Old man jake with can;t figure out the proccess and should still be in the old folks home.

To me speed and comfort is more desirable than if some TSA agent happened to get a quick thrill looking at my bony blurry image.
The airport I went through the X-ray scanner wasn't in it's own separate line and I did not even realize that I was about to go through the darned thing until I actually was in it That was the longest security line I've ever experienced in my entire time of flying post-9/11 and it was mostly due to the fact that the line moved sllllooooowwwwwlllly!
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