November 22nd, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Pat down backlash grows during holiday travel rush

As backlash against airline passenger pat-downs intensified with a viral online video, the nation's top airline security official said Monday that his agency is walking a fine line between privacy concerns and public safety.

A short video clip circulating on the internet shows a shirtless boy receiving a pat-down from a Transportation Security Administration agent. His father watches, hands on his hips, obstructing part of the view. But the words playing in the background are clear.

"Are they harassing a kid?" one man asks.


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  1. Sgt. Slaughter

    White muslim, black muslim, tan muslim

    Who cares they are all muslims

    So strip search them
    X-RAY them

    Are you listening TSO

    Leave the little boys and old white ladies alone

    You react to what the threats are

    Now react to WHO THE PEOPLE ARE the same way

    November 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |

    I could understand why people would not want their genitals fondled, but what is the beef with full body X-rays? They are only viewed by TSA agents and they really don't give a frog's ass what you look like under your clothes in X-ray form.

    As far as searching pilots goes, what the hell is the point of that? He's already at the wheel of a 500 mph missile loaded with thousands of gallons of fuel. At any time, the pilot could choose to steer the plane into the ground and no one could stop him, so what exactly are you searching the pilot for? Unreal.

    November 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sgt. Slaughter

    Pilots are not alone in the cabin. There are people who would stop the pilot. Unless they were shot dead cuz he wasn't screened

    Pilot, co-pilot either one can shoot the other and take control


    November 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CaptainObvious

    Ok so now you agree with me then Sgt.? Hasn't Al Queda been known to use young people as suicide bombers? Sending kids through a scanner isn't bad either. My point regarding white muslims is that regardless who it is anyone is capable of getting through and doing something crazy. All should be checked including white christian males. There are plenty of white kooks out there too. It's better to be safe than sorry.

    November 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sgt. Slaughter

    The FBI uses profiling successfully every day to catch criminals

    The TSA is acting like they don't have a clue as to who a potential threat might be

    And you're still a dumb A$$

    November 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sgt. Slaughter

    That is you're still a dumb A$$ for giving up your rights

    TSA back peddled quick on their pilot pat down policy didn't they?????

    HMmmmm? Wonder why?

    November 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sgt. Slaughter

    @ obvious

    That is you're still a dumb A$$ for giving up your rights

    TSA back peddled quick on their pilot pat down policy didn't they?????

    HMmmmm? Wonder why?

    November 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. greg davis

    HOW SOON WE FORGET ! When some terrorist hijacks your plane then people will be screamimg WHY DIDN"T YOU DO MORE !

    November 23, 2010 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. think aloud

    Pasta Gandhi and family is only interested in dollars as she would be earning a minimum Euro 8 per hour wage in Italy serving in a bar. That is why US diplomats are not patted down at an Indian airports. Try it with a Chinese diplomat in US and see the President of US personally apologizing else they will strip search all US diplomats in China. India's Sardarji is gutless he should have recalled the Indian ambassador and sent back the US ambassador and his wife after a strip search. BJP can only talk and they should gave had a 100% close down of Delhi and no worker enter or leave the US embassy. No one in the world would have the guts to do it again, forget the ambassador – with any Indian. Only when we are in that position then only India is a power rest is all hot air and talk.

    December 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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