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New Security Pat Downs Raise Concerns

Frequent traveler Leslie Ashor said she is having flashbacks to the new pat down procedure.

Frequent traveler Leslie Ashor said she is having flashbacks to the new pat down procedure.

A woman in San Diego named Leslie Ashor was subjected to a TSA full body pat down at a Denver airport because she declined to go through the full body imaging screener because she was in a hurry.

“It’s like a full body massage,” said Ashor.

“They make you take off your jewelry and stuff and that takes too much time,” she said.

“They’re getting up close and personal with your breasts and upper thighs. They squeeze pretty hard [on] every inch of your body,” said Ashor.

The full body pat down is used when travelers decline the full body scanner or if the metal detector goes off.

“Getting this intimate pat-down in front of everybody… [was] actually humiliating to me,” said Ashor.

The ACLU says they will investigate the new pat down procedure to see if any rights are being violated.

Even then, some travelers don’t mind the new pat down.

“It’s kind of a little violation, but you have to expect it with everything that’s happened,” said Shannon Cavese. “It’s understandable and probably pretty necessary.”


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