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. RichP, easton, pa

    I and my family just stopped flying, saved us thousands a year and we now travel locally and use the train. Want the TSA gone, stop flying though they would probably start showing up in train stations. The airlines are the only ones who can get rid of the TSA and the only way to start that is hit em in the pocketbook.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    Muslems put bombs on kids and blow em' up, why couldent they do that to this Child? or hide a knife or weapon on her? if you dont like it then take the bus, When planes tore into the World Trade Center buildings you all said" where was the security"? well, now that you have the security you whine" this is too obtrusive", be careful what you wish for, you may get it.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      And exactly what did they hide in a childs privates?

      April 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel Tosh

    I'll take a pat down with a happy ending please!

    April 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J G.

    I believe that only international flights and flights originating from states that have international seaports for passengers (not cargo) should be subject to this level of scrutiny. If I'm flying out of Miami then I should "expect" a pat down as it is a prime place for drug smuggling into the U.S. If I'm flying from Orlando back to Ohio after spending family time at Disney then the pat down is ludicrous.

    Also the idea of 0% profiling is also ridiculous. if a piece of metal looks sharp that cause it IS sharp. Do I need to touch every piece of metal on the table to find that out? If there are 4 pots on the stove do I touch each one to find out which one is hot? of course not. Experience tells us that Pot+Stove=hot; Pot+Cabinet=cool. We profile all the pots on the stove as hot. I dunno, maybe I'm not making any sense.

    FYI I am tan to dark skinned, and my lady is white white. Every time we get on an intl. flight I expect to get the "extra special search". 3 for 3 times she's had to deal with the misery. explain to me how that makes sense?

    April 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Umad?

    If I can't tell what your message says because you can't spell, then what?

    April 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gw

    I just wish the US would could up with these measures to PREVENT's pretty dumb to introduce this after the fact.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Caral From SoCal

    THe gal with the bikini cracks me up. In L.A., you have to do a lot more than that to get any attention. Notice everyone just going on with their business? Perfect. Hope she had to fly all the way back East like that. Seriously.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck711

    Max...spelling and grammar are good gauges for education level. If a person's post is riddled with spelling and grammar errors, it tells me that person is not educated enough for me to listen to.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    I served in the army more than 20 years. I‘ve followed the terrorist actions around the planet over the past 40 years. Bottom line up front, certain people will complain about the current security procedures until we lose a plane or two. Suggestions are what we need, however, until workable options are provided, we need to keep our aircraft as safe as possible.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Olaf Big

    Folks, calm down. A patdown of a six-year old does not look good on camera, and six-year olds generally don't plot blowing airplanes in the air. But, which six-year old would say "no" if Daddy asks her to put a bag of "puppy food" under her sweater? So, this is not as unreasonable as it seems.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • BSlo

      Absolutely correct. The people on her who are calling this pat down molestation, obviously have no idea what molestation really means.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    So can we create a national "not a terrorist" pass that we could get after a thorough background check, that would allow us to avoid molestation or cancer, and fly like it's 1999?

    April 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. crashtx1

    The lady seemed somewhat put off that nobody cared that she was in a bikini. I mean, how much louder can you yell "hey, look at me".

    April 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I'm sorry you are fat and ugly. Truly.

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

    I think some perverts have found their perfect job.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • small dog trucking at myspacedotcom

      ...and catholics

      April 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DW

    That bikini girl is hot.... would she be considered security threat because she is distracting some of the inspectors? =)

    April 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NoYb

    The one thing TSA cannot do is make me fly. I will never go through another episode of "Theatre Security Agents". Once was enough.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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