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Choose for your kids: TSA naked body scan or gloved grope?

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Last time I went through security at SEA-TAC — just a few months ago — all was pretty much as it has been for ten years: shoes off, laptop out, liquids in a bag. Now the new full-body scanners are in place. I’ve been thinking about my options when I fly next. Hm. Naked scan or “aggressive” pat-down. And then I remembered. My kids. They fly at least once a year. What about my kids?

A friend of posted recently on Facebook about her concerns over her 12-year-old daughter’s upcoming school trip that involves flying. The comment thread grew lengthy as other parents weighed in, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Media furor over the new scanners, some of it fake and some of it very thought-provoking, hasn’t helped. What’s a parent to do?

We’re sort of caught over a barrel here. If we want to fly — and many of us do (today is traditionally the busiest flying day of the year) — then do we really have much of a choice? I don’t like either choice for my kids, but the alternative means they don’t fly at all, and their time with me in the summers is a highlight for all of us. My kids are old enough to ask their opinions and lay out all the alternatives and the reasoning (as best I understand it, which frankly leaves a lot of questions unanswered) and let them make their own decisions, but what about younger kids?

And what about your kids? Will you let them fly with the new scanners? Will you opt for the scan or a pat-down?



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  • I hear this is really only happening in a few places, so I am trying not to get too upset. But I don’t want my preschoolers going through either of these. I hear the scanners are not safe for kids (and it’s a gross thought anyway). And as for the pat-down, just how do you tell your 4-year-old what’s about to happen and why this is necessary?

    “Honey, somebody might want to bring a bomb on the plane and blow us all up, so they have to check for bombs in everyone’s crotch.”

    “I know I’ve told you that those are your private places and only you and me and your doctor is allowed anywhere near them, but I forgot to mention the TSA agents when I said that.”

    “No honey, it’s not about bombs, don’t worry. Honey, it’s OK, we can get on the plane, it’s not going to blow up. Really what they are doing is checking to make sure you aren’t smuggling . . . um . . . ice cream. You’d be surprised how many people try to sneak ice cream on the plane inside their underwear. No really, would I lie to you?”

    Bottom line, they do not need to be feeling up little kids.

    SKL  |  November 24th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

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