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My recent encounters with the TSA

After i placed my belongings onto the security check conveyor belt i proceeded to the checkpoint line. I noticed i had 2 options: one path was simply a metal detector, amd the second path had a body scanner. Unfortunately the body scanner was the path that my conveyor belt line was under. Since i was the nly one in line i asked a tsa rep. If i could choose to go thru the metal detector, to which she said something incoherent to me though i was able to hear "pat down". As usual, i chose to opt out.

A tsa rep then tries to convince me its safe and not an xray machine. And i replied, "i dont believe that." The agent then said something which i just ignored. I didnt say another word to him, fearing that i might say something stupid.

As i was about to get my pat down the tsa rep assigned to me asked me if it was my first time. I replied and said it was my 5th time.

Just wondering a few things:
- does anybody else bother opting out?
- why would TSA question me whether it was my first time?




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jrd3820's picture

I travel by air

A lot. Too much sometimes. I do not opt out because I have a serious almost OCD aversion to strangers touching me. I am a very peaceful non confrontational person who hates the idea of violence, once at a bar some guy came up behind me and put his arm on me and I turned around and punched him without even realizing what I was doing. I seriously had no control at that point and I think it hurt my hand more than it hurt him. I started apologizing almost instantly and my friends were all shocked by my actions to the point of being speechless.

So, that is what I am afraid of by opting out. What if I am being patted down and I punch a TSA agent without even realizing or being able to stop myself on time?! Somehow I do not think I would get to my destination at that point lol.

I am glad people are using the opt out route though.

robot999's picture

Every

single time. I view the pat down as a Humiliating experience for THEM, not so much for me. I once told a TSA agent who was being argumentative with my explanation of "Security Theater" - during the putdown i said: "Well I'm not the one on my knees in front of another man." I was pulled in the back room for more intimidation. Laughed all the way to my destination.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

lol

Maybe next time, play this so they can hear while they're patting you down. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_j6Z2gPX_U

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Break Out

I usually tell the agent thqat I have a horrible herpes outbreak "down there" when they ask about any senstivie areas. Usually does the trick. I also extend both midle fingers during the process and dry hump the air. I try to make it as big of a joke as I can after I opt out. I don't know that it helps the cause, but I feel better about it.

Every little bit helps.

:)

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I've opted out in London and

I've opted out in London and Washington a few times. For me, it has been no big deal. As a matter of fact, most TSA agents don't like to pat down people from my experience, so it's funny to make them do something that's uncomfortable for them too. I just look down at them and smile....

Both my wife and i did during

Both my wife and i did during our Thanksgiving travels. I was expecting some pretty negative reactions due to the hectic lines. Surprisingly it went pretty well. As well as someone groping you can go i guess.

The one agent said that more and more people are opting out too.

Yes, I opted out both to and fro

Yes, I opted out both to and fro on my first plane flight since they installed the scanners in every cattle line in my city.

I said No when asked if I wanted a private feel up.

When they asked if I have any sensitive areas, I looked at him and said, - Yes, of course. They never asked where, and just proceeded to be good little statists.

In Tampa during the RNC, they also came up to me on my way home, after already going through the new Invasive grope, at 5:30am, while half a sleep, and standing while they were just announcing the initial boarding of my flight. They stated they are going to do a random swab of me for explosives. I didn't want to deal with this crap so early, stared at them and stuck out my arm. They announced at a distance, - Thank you, the results are negative. I looked at them with disgust and basically, growled. They didn't respond to that.

Also, I don't know if it had anything to do with me, but after I said I wanted to opt out (Tampa), the guy behind me opted out. His wife didn't, but he did.

** *

My niece is TSA. She used to adore me. Now she sometimes doesn't even say hi to me. However, I was told that she asked, and was, transferred out of the cattle lines, to do something else.

do you have any sensitive areas?

"just my soul, ma'am."

"i'm not going to touch your soul."

"how do you know?"

I opt out every time, too.

tilting@windbags

Maybe

They were hoping you were a "virgin" traveler. Hahahahah. Sorry, couldn't resist. No but really, where have you been? Haven't you seen the "Opt out and film" videos? Adam Kokesh and Derrick did a great video on that as well as others. They have been on DP so I am surprised you haven't seen them. Go find them and learn.

skippy

Yes, I've seen opt out days

Yes, I've seen opt out days and the like. But Im not sure if they get any traction, because simply put, they're not "mainstream". Every time I go thru the lines I don't really see anybody else opting out. I went thru TSA pat downs about 6 times in the past 2 weeks because I was on vacation, so I know my observations are up-to-date on this. I do remember, however, a few years ago when I opted out there was a couple opting out in front of me. But again, even then, we were just a few out of hundreds who blindly go thru the body scanners.

jrd3820's picture

I think it is important to remember

that not every one of the people going through the body scanner are going "blindly." I travel a lot and go through the body scanner every single time because I am more annoyed at the thought of being patted down. I think when you give people the option of a body scanner or a pat down no matter what they think about either, a body scanner seems less invasive.

1. The body scanners can see

1. The body scanners can see everything under your clothes.
2. If you give in to the scanners because its more convenient, then they won, because that is what they want.

jrd3820's picture

No, I know all that already

I simply hate being touched by strangers. I understand the body scanners are not good, but it is better in my personal opinion to be scanned than touched by a stranger. They win no matter what. I pick my battles and this is not one I choose to fight. As I stated I am glad others are choosing the opt out way, but I will not be choosing that.