November 18th, 2010
09:15 PM ET

Security measure myths: How the TSA sees it

The TSA is not as bad you think they are. Or at least, that's what a list of "myths and facts" issued Thursday by the TSA about pat-downs and other security measures would like you to consider.

Many Americans have reacted with displeasure and outrage, over recent high-profile stories about intrusive searches at airports.

But in its fact sheet, the TSA says that pat-downs only occur when a passenger sets off a metal detector or opts out of an X-ray scan.

Some see the pat-downs as a punishment for refusing to get scanned, but the TSA says that is not the case.

"There is nothing punitive about it - it just makes good security sense," the TSA said. "And the weapons and other dangerous and prohibited items we've found during pat-downs speak to this."


soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. osama bin diesel

    Your'e all a bunch of fecesists

    November 19, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Osama...well said?

    November 19, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sgt. Slaughter

    Ceramic knives????

    True but..... Do you think any muslim mutt is going to take over another aircraft with 100 americans on it with a ceramic knife???


    November 19, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Why would anyone bother with airplanes if they really wanted you dead? How hard could it be for "terrorists" to poison our water? Or maybe they think we are poisoning our own water.

    November 19, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sgt. Slaughter

    Benjamin FranklinThose who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.Don’t let the TSA pat down standRefuse itKeep your liberty, integrity and dignity

    November 19, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottn27

    Must be a slow time for the Teabaggers. They take the House, so they have nothing better to do than to start stuff with the TSA. With Freedom comes responsibility. The responsible thing to do is to ensure that ALL passengers AND people on the ground are safe. If you don't like it, take a train, bus, drive, or walk. No one is forcing you to fly at gun point.....OH WAIT! If the TSA goes away, then you will be flying at gun point!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sgt. Slaughter

    Reaserch how Isreal screen one terrorist has gotten past them...

    Hmmm I wonder why?

    November 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sgt. Slaughter

    Before the spelling police chime in...

    Research how Israel screen passengers.....not one terrorist has gotten past them...

    Hmmm I wonder why?

    And their citizens keep their dignity

    November 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
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