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."