Gotta Watch: Awkward TSA pat-down moments
A woman avoids a pat-down by wearing her bikini through security at an airport.
April 13th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Awkward TSA pat-down moments

We thought we'd bring you some of our most memorable awkward airport pat-down moments after hearing all the buzz from this video. Here, a 6-year-old is filmed by her parents as she gets the full TSA pat-down treatment at an airport in New Orleans.

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'Don't touch my junk' guy – How could we forget this guy? During his airport screening, he protests the pat-down by proclaiming the phrase that is only rivaled by the "Don't Tase me bro" guy.

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No pat down for me thanks – This young lady is bent on avoiding a pat-down by wearing a skimpy bikini through airport security.

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  1. John

    How often do people really fly? Who cares what happens during maybe five or ten minutes of your life each year while being patted down at airports? Certainly more important things to get worked up over.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed


    April 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dennis

    I wish the complainers would stop flying.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephanie

    I am amazed at all of the people who are OK with the procedures of the TSA.
    You say that if we don't like it, then don't fly. That's really not an option. I have rights as much as anyone and I should have the right to fly on a plane without my body and my children being violated.
    You say it's for our protection, however why should we have to trade in one of our rights for protection.
    Talking about being protected, these procedures are not effective. Not once has the TSA found anything or anyone that would have put anyone one of us in harms way.
    The TSA and the President need to come up with a way to protect us and at the same time keep our rights in tact. They didn't try to find a better way.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cat MacLeod

    This is reactionary security and it's simply been shown over and over not to work. Particularly against low budget strikes against soft targets. If your goal is to take out civilians you'd switch from airplanes to something else. Even if this type of "security" did work, it would be treating the symptom not the problem. What's the problem? Thousands of oppressed youth who have no hope for a better life, they become seduced by fundamentalist, get backed by cash from moderates and bingo you've got 100s of dead people.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mountain man

    What Ms. Pollard said. "Just suck it up" lets stop getting our noses out of joint on every little thing. A big to-do about nothing!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rags

    I think we should all wear a bikini when boarding a plane. Would make the terminal wait much less boring.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HouTex1

    I fully support bikinis in airports

    April 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • imikem

      Have you looked at most Americans lately? I for one will pay extra to NOT have to see 90%+ of them in bikinis.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Yeah, whatever. If people don't want to go through security they can drive themselves. Maybe we could have an airline for people who don't mind being blown up and all the people who want to make worthless comments about the TSA can fly with them? I don't think the TSA is doing anything like a perfect job, but I don't think trying to turn the clock back to the happy old days when you could bring your 45 on board and smoke in the back half of the plane are helping anyone. Grow up. That goes for CNN for choosing to report this sensationalist crap too.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And if people are afraid of terrorists maybe they should drive?

      April 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MOE

    I just would like to highlight a point here. Everyone talks of the underwear bomber. But nobody mentions that his father had informed the security agencies of the radicalization of his son. UK refused this person a visa renewal as he posed as a security risk. Yet after all these alarm bells and warning from none less than his own father, he was given a visa to the US and was allowed to board a flight. Now I wonder why should the common man/woman be made to suffer because the agencies dont want to do their jobs. Or was it just a eye wash to justify all the purchase of the x ray machines. I mean what coincidence right, high risk person given visa, let to board a flight and caught with a bomb in his underwear. Next day we get x ray machines. Hmmmm I wonder. Of course the common man/woman suffers the brunt.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    "Suck it up. It's part of travel."
    People probably said the same thing to Rosa Parks when she got inflamed about sitting in the back of the bus...

    April 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Craig Placcid

    Honestly, travel will be so much better if girls all went through security in skimpy bikinis! Start a trend ladies!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. small dog trucking at myspacedotcom

    profiling works for a reason, USE IT!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. charlie

    @YoungAmerikan I got an iPad2 for $281. Look they cost $829 retail and the site claims 90% off so it was a lot more than they said but with a $548 saving it was still awesome. But I think the offer is only available in the US and Canada at

    April 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vero

    one answer–bomb/explosive sniffing dogs! more accurate, less intrusive–

    April 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
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