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I recently flew from San Diego to Tuscon. I was selected for a pat down by the TSA because I was wearing a longish skirt--not floor length but mid-calf. This is the reason they gave me, both in San Diego and Tuscon. [Note: Not that it should matter, but I'm a white, 52 yr old professional woman who was traveling on business.]
The quality of the "pat down" in San Diego was far different than that of the one in Tuscon. The TSA agent in San Diego was very conscientious of the fact that she was about to touch me, perhaps in a way that I hadn't expected. She kindly explained to me what was about to happen, and because she seemed almost apologetic about it I felt like she understood she was invading my personal space and was cognizant of any implications. I interpreted this as a gesture of respect, for me and my person.
However, when I left the Wild West air travel outpost in Tuscon, my experience was not the same. Since I'd just had a pat down in San Diego only days earlier, I expected something similar. What I thought was going to be a "patting down" (as I had just experienced) was more of an aggressive "feeling up" that was so forceful (never mind any set-up of respect) that I was taken aback, not sure of what had just happened.
There was no full-body scanner involved. This was simply due to wearing a longish dress, according to the TSA in both directions.
November 19, 2010 at 9:36 a.m.
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