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. Alex

    flying pretty much sucks.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    I saw the six-year-old being patted down on the news this morning, and it disturbed me. I don't what the answer is, but putting a child through that isn't it.

    @Somme1916: I am posting this in central time. Notice the post time is 3:15 ET. Teach was probably at lunch. Lay off.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Or 3:18. Whatever.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @amac: LMAO! I was thinking the same thing while reading this....

    April 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. newsgirl63

    When are people going to realize flying is a privilege, not a right. If you're going to fly, you're going to go through certain security measures. If you don't want to go through the security process you have options: driving, rail, bus. Even those who travel out of the country have the option of taking a ship rather than flying. Inconvenient? Yes. But a lot less inconvenient than having to explain why a plane packed with passengers died from an explosion because no security measures were taken. You think you're being treated like a terrorist? How paranoid can you get?

    April 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anton

    You gotta do what you gotta do. Stop complaining about pat downs and deal with it people!

    April 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cheesekun

    This country needs a war on our home soil so people will have somethign real to complain about.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack W.

    I agree airport security is only there to make people feel air travel is safe. You remove one target and create another. How safe will people feel after a few coordinated terrorist blow themselves up in the middle of security lines during a busy travel time. The main improvement from 9/11 is locking the cabin crew away from the passengers, so aircraft can't be used as missiles. For those who say don't fly, if your OK with it at the airport are you OK with it at any mass gathering where a bomber could kill and destroy property. Church, Concerts, Stadiums, Malls, DMV, Schools. "Don't fly" will change to "Don't leave you house".

    April 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CanNorth

    With all the pat downs and touching you figure they would take you to dinner first or something. Second base has never been so easy.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    Pat down foreigners, muslims, and anyone who looks like a muslim and leave us Americans alone. Oh wait, our muslim president doesn't want to offend his brothers...

    April 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim Bob

    I think we should require all attractive female passengers to wear bikinis like that and be patted down. And I think they should give me a job at TSA, doing the patting. 🙂

    April 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Monkey kong

    This just another reason why we spend so much money. The entire dept of homeland is a bad idea from the get go. You ask them to protect the country and the best they can do is to pat your junk down.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    Great so now it is legal to molest children? The terroists have won. If anybody did what this guy did to a child he'd be arrested. This is the definition of terrorism. Make people do things they would not cause we are sacred.

    When was a child used to carry explosives onto a plane in the US.

    Disgraceful USA, disgraceful! Leaglization of child molestation just great!

    April 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    The deterioration of personal freedom throughout history has always been rooted in the same principles; a paranoid and ignorant populace compelled by sensationalism, fear and statistical anomalies rather than plausible facts.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David

    Why the pat-down or scan itself may (or may not) find every bomb or gun, it gives you more time and more up close personal contact with the law. If you were really planning something bad, I would think you'd be sweating and acting so nervous they are more likely to catch you going through. And if all this security only stops 1 of the next 10 terrorist bombings, that's more than enough to make everyone go through it. Yeah sure, everyone wants perfect screening (while obviously not affecting any of us non-terrorists at all).

    Maybe if they have a separate express line for "non-terrorists" it would speed things up.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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