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. Mark

    All you whiners don't have ANY solutions, so you don't count.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • wzrd1

      Want a solution? Go back to contractors, rather than wasting my tax dollars on the TSSA. The ONLY reason the 9/11 terrorists got on the planes armed is BECAUSE THE FAA PERMITTED BOX CUTTERS ON AIRPLANES.
      The backscatter scanner was REJECTED BY THE DoD as ineffective.
      In the WAR ZONE, we used a regular magnetometer, baggage x-ray and explosive trace detector to get onto our bases.
      Are you trying to tell me that it is far more dangerous here in the US than in the middle of a war???
      I leave to defend this nation and return to the USSR on steroids! WHAT HAVE YOU COWARDS DONE TO MY COUNTRY?

      April 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      wzrd1: You're all-cap shouting and calling civilians cowards is doing nothing to assert your case about airport security, but it does effectively demonstrate what a nut-job you are. Yeah, I served in combat operations, too, so don't give me any of that coward junk or, worse, that "What have you done to defend MY country?" garbage. When you stand at the gates of MY country and defend it from real invaders, then I will thank you THEN for defending my country. Killing people in Iraq and that other sand pit half a world away and nearly a decade after 9/11 is not "defending my country. Semper Fi, DB.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Matthew

    America, land of the free? Home of the brave? Nation of the just? Or just another tyrannical state that treats its citizens like refuse, like sub-human garbage. Got to love our government, doing everything to protect us...from 6 year old girls. The terrorists won. They got us to turn our attention from finding THEM to treating our own citizens like chattle. And what do we do...we just bend over and accept it. "There only doing it for our own good." You people make me sick. Don't give up your liberty to justify this invasion. Say something. Get angry. Vote. Stop letting them (big brother) enslave us in the name of freedom?!?! It makes no sense. Treat everyone like they are in prison, because it will make us all safe?!?! Are we living in the Soviet Union? Cuba? China? I thought this was the United States, the birthplace of modern democracy. I'm ashamed to be an American...

    April 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      I am ashamed you are too. Grow up.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      And you are an idiot. I want to live in a free society, not in a prison. Apparently you prefer being treated like a convict.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Professor UF

      I I agree completely with you. Enough is enough , but its never enough for the bureaucrats. They'll keep taking more, and giving us less!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Barnes

      Mr. Matthew.... that the dumbest statement ever written. I am a service member and even I get checked. Why... because terrorist can get my uniform. TSA gives us a minor inconveniences compared to the costly shutdown of our airways not to mention the deaths of Americans if we were successfully attacked again. I am sure you would not have the same stance if you or your family were in a plane that taking over.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • makak

      You talk about democracy – India is the largest democracy in the world. They have security EVERYWHERE – and nobody complains. EVERYONE gets patted down at the airport, and they have scanners at every mall or public place. Yes, they still have incidents, but they would have MUCH more if these things were not in place. You will never have 100% security, but at least you can make it more difficult for those who try to hurt us.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      "You talk about democracy – India is the largest democracy in the world. They have security everywhere..."

      Nonsense, I've traveled all over India, no security anywhere, no patdowns, they don't even check your tickets on the train, total nonsense.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JJ

    Don't tase my junk.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • THinker

      That makes me want to puke just thinking of it...

      April 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Will 18E

    Xexism is alive and well: if a man walked into the screening area with only a speedo and flip flop, he would be detained and ticketed, disorderly conduct, for not wear a shirt.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Pedant

    The sad fact is, some people do want to kill us. The underpants bomber came within a hair of raining his "junk" down and other people's down on my house in Ontario. Better touch my junk that burn it. Keep on patting.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matthew

    "Don't want to get padded down, don't fly" are an idiot. With that rationale...all people should have to submit to breathalizer tests before driving ANY automobile to end drinking & driving..."don't want to take the test, don't drive". Should everyone submit for forced anal probes to screen out colo-rectal cancer...what about manditory strip searches of ALL students attending high school every day, to find hidden weapons, drugs, cigarettes, and booze..."don't want to get searched, home school your kids". Where do we draw the line? When do we say, enough is enough. No matter how many screenings, how many searches we CAN'T keep a determined killer from killing, if they are set to do it. An assassin, a terrorist, a mad-killer will find a way around ANY screening we invent. Use metal detectors, they make plastic weapons. Use x-rays, they use non-scan items. If you were to force every person to fly nude to rule out any hidden object...the terrorists will stick their weapons in body cavities. There is ALWAYS a way to kill, if you are committed to the act. Face facts.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hateswhiners

      you're and idiot

      April 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeaceRUs

      You sound like the security regulations have really impacted you in a life-altering way. Let's be honest here. Do they really? Or are you groaning because you have to find something to complain about.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Specs

      Congratulations Mr. Aaron Tobey (I'm assuming that's who you really are). I see that you can easily complain but make no logical suggestions except doing away with the TSA. The 9/11 attacks did more than just kill over 3K citizens, businesses in general tanked heavily. Terrorism happens, possibly not in the States on a daily basis, but it happens elsewhere.

      My suggestion? A pro-active approach, allow the Intelligence Community to do their jobs...which would still cause controversy because I'm in favor of them impeding on a citizens privacy. If you have nothing to truly hide, you have nothing to worry about. 9/11 was caused by a major intelligence failure, if we allow the Intelligence Community to do their jobs and quit hampering them...this would be the best approach possible in regards to combating terrorism in general.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      Matthew has to be the biggest idiot on the planet. He's whining about security checks? Maybe you shouldn't fly since it's too unpleasant an experience for you.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    Could we have two systems? the people who dont care about patdowns and screenings and the ACLU people. The Aclu people can fly on planes where there is no security and i will fly on the plane where ther has been patdowns and security checks. i would even be willing to pay more to fly on a plane that had no ACLU whinners on it.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Of course the NON-ACLU planes would be filled with WASPs, since no "colored" people would be allowed on them. Forget about gays, or women, too. But, there would be plenty of NAZIS on your good luck with that!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      The funny thing is that the people that complain are a strange mix of ACLU types and Tea Party government stay out of my business types.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fig1024

      Why do people assume that those against pat downs want NO SECURITY at all? I'll be happy to join group that flies with the pre-underwear-bomber security. I was happy with security we had before TSA

      And when some jerk shoves a bomb up his ass, and security is upped again, will you accept the mandatory cavity search just to feel safe? As long as there is the possibility of someone doing that, you have 0% real security.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fig1024

    Wouldn't America save MORE lives, lives of real American citizens, if they took that TSA money and spent it on healthcare for poor people who are denied health insurance? We know some 40000 people a year die because they simply can't afford care. There are real lives that can be saved here.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dwight Stegall

    TSA Agents pat down children because their ridiculous parents and smugglers hide contraband in the children's underwear. Did you forget about the article you reported about this a few years ago?

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

    This entire security theator is silly. I'm waiting for some one to (a) create a cutting tool by snapping the lens from a pair of eyeglasses and building an arrow head. and then have eyeglasses banned or (b) someone to takes down an airplane with a home made 60's technology missile launched from the ground. That will cause TSA to search everyone who does NOT fly or (c) a group of martial arts experts hijack a plane so then TSA decide to handcuff all passengers and chain them to their seats. Given time all three will happen.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Professor UF

    Everytime someone gets patted down or has to wear a bikini through security, Osama Bin Laden laughs and wins again. Stop the insanity!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Something tells me Osama would not approve of women wearing bikinis on planes, or anywhere for that matter

      April 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim Renfro

    Mommy mommy that man touched my special place. That's ok Lucy, he's a TSA agent.
    Use to in this country a police officer or security agent had to have probably cause and you had a right to privacy. Not any more. And for all those people that think you are safer because of this, think again. There is enough stuff on an airplane already to make a weapon and high jack it.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HappyToBeScreened

    I, for one, really enjoy having my junk fondled.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    TSA is an Extremely Expensive Charade. All you people who think it is making you safer are being willfully deluded. A recent personal experience highligts the illusion. After having a my bag picked for a check, the TSA rep scanned my bag for explosives. I had my XM portable radio with me and it set off the sensor for explosives. The Rep scanned it again with the same result. After a moment of contemplation, he handed me the radio and my bag and said to go on my way. I packed my bag and boarded my flight. On the next flight I packed the radio in my suitcase.

    I am a 55 year old male with dark complexion who has been mistaken as being of middle eastern descent. I've been picked "randomly" several times for security checks etc.

    The conclusion I reached is that TSA is only tyring to LOOK like they are providing security. In reality, they know the threat is minimal or nonexistent. Otherwise, why let me board, or at least take my radio which I would have readily allowed. Draw your own conclusions.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sparky (The Hammer) Garcia

    I would gladly have someone quickly pat down my 6 year old, as I hope the do everyone else's kids, Grand pararent's, dog's the whole shibang. All you people cry sacking need to realize we don't live in a civil world anymore, and honestly does an extra 10 seconds of your time really matter when your waiting at the airport for an average of an hour and a half anyway!! What amazes me more than anything else is the fact that if we did do away with the TSA and one or more of your loved ones was killed because someone smugled a bomb in their kids pampers downing a plane you would all flip sides and then start to cry, why was'nt someone doing security checks and pat downs. This world is too funny!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BT

      10 seconds x 809 million passengers per year = 256 years wasted per year (yes the math is right)

      April 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane W

      Yet BT you offer no solution. Would you just want everyone to walk right in and sit down without protection.....if so you are a moron

      April 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • AreYouKiddingMe

      "All you people cry sacking need to realize we don't live in a civil world anymore"

      Oh really? Well, I got news for you pal...we never did, and any delusion you (or anyone else) had to the contrary was just that.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hurrah

      You want to touch my dog in his "special place" you better be ready for a reaction! That is just plain NASTY!

      April 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-rad

      The solution is profiling. Stop the rediculous political correctness.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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