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If you thought airport pat-downs were a bit too personal, get prepared – new guidelines mean they may involve more touching than ever.
ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that travelers who opt out of the scanning machine will be subject to a body exam that is described as “more comprehensive.” Screeners may touch areas of the body normally considered private.
“But here’s why,” he continues. “Eight firearms per day – PER DAY! – are confiscated at American airports.” Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk adds, “It all came from a 2015 audit from the Department of Homeland Security. They found there’s just too many handguns and weapons being brought in.”
Dr. Funk also points out that electronic scanners produce no radiation and aren’t linked to any ill health effects. It’s only if you trigger the warning from the scanner (or request not to go through it) that you’ll receive a pat-down. Both she and Rosie Mercado have had multiple pat-downs and agree it hasn’t been a big deal.
The Doctors agree that security is crucial. Dr. Stork adds, if you’re uncomfortable with a physical exam – whether it’s at the airport or your doctor’s office – you should never hesitate to say something. And if you don’t want to be patted down in your personal areas, “Don’t put guns up your rear!” concludes Dr. Funk.
In response to an inquiry from The Doctors, the TSA released the following statement: "TSA consolidated previous pat down procedures into one standardized pat down procedure at airport security check points and at other locations within the airport. This standardized pat down procedure continues to utilize enhanced security measures implemented several months ago and does not involve any different areas of the body than were screened in the previous standard pat down procedure. TSA continues to adjust and refine our systems and procedures to meet the evolving threat and to achieve the highest levels of transportation security."