In today’s society, there are ever-increasing fears regarding shootings, bombings, and other such attacks, especially with air travel. With the tragedies linked to such events, there is little wonder why government agencies and private organizations are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of the American public. Unfortunately, though, some of those efforts occasionally cross the line and become overly invasive and even offensive.
The TSA pat-down is the most popular example of this, making headlines in Saint Petersburg and throughout the country as more and more travelers capture questionable videos of the procedure. Among the most recent stories was that of a woman forced to expose her breast prosthesis before being cleared for travel. The pat-down is a method used to ensure airplane passengers are not carrying weapons on their person. Not everyone is subjected to the intense scrutiny, but if an alarm goes off when the passenger crosses through the metal detector, or if the person is one of the randomly chosen, he or she is pulled aside.
There is generally a designated area for pat-downs and they involve an officer of the same gender as the passenger, physically “patting down” the person from head-to-toe in search of potential weapons. According to the TSA, children may also be subjected to a pat-down.
There has been a great deal of controversy about the invasion of personal space that occurs during a pat-down, particularly because hands come very close to the most intimate parts of the body, which makes most Americans uncomfortable. It is important to understand that you may be subjected to a pat-down when leaving St. Petersburg for business or pleasure.
If you feel that you are being unfairly singled out or are in, any way, harassed during the procedure, you always have the option of contacting a personal injury attorney to speak in your defense.