Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Grope and a pat-down, or opt out of both?

Seems like some airports may be getting bogged down with all of the "work" of constantly invading passengers' rights, so security is very uneven. If you go through the scanner, as I've previously reported, you may also get a grope if an "anomaly" is detected (such as a scar, chewing gum wrapper, or just a blur). However, if you opt out of the scanner, the agents may be too busy groping other passengers to grope you, too, so you may be "allowed" to just walk through the metal detector and be on your way.

I'm sure this is all part of the intentional, multi-layered, unpredictable approach, though.

(NOTE: The signage at Sea-Tac to which the author refers ("Signs posted at security checkpoints now say that those opting out "may" be subjected to a physical pat-down.") is standard bureaucratic, butt-covering fare. When I was trying to become a California resident, the instructions were very vague with a lot of "may include"'s. Of course, after you applied, you'd find out that everything on the list was mandatory.)