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        11-18-2010, 09:42 PM
      #11
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    From what I understand, the full body scan is the procedure, and only if you refuse to do the body scan, or they find something on the scan will they do a more invasive search. Good luck, and I'm thinking that it will go perfectly fine, and you'll have worried for nothing. I hope that you like it in NZ, and definitely send some pictures of where you are.
         
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        11-18-2010, 09:42 PM
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    That was supposed to say post some pictures lol.
         
        11-21-2010, 07:37 AM
      #13
    Trained
    I just came back from the UK and flew through Newark and Heathrow and didn't go through that full body scan. I also fly through Frankfurt quite a bit and haven't yet gone through it there.

    Frankfurt will do a pat down if you set off the metal detector (underwire bra) and while they do touch me a bit more than I would like, it's really not that bad and they have female security personnel who do this for the women and men for the men. They do lightly run their hands under/over your breasts really just to check that its the underwire and not something else hidden in your bra.

    One tip I can give you is to not wear an underwire or any kind of big belt with a lot of metal, or any other metal on your clothing. And then you should be fine. I do have a navel piercing but that hasn't set it off when I've gone thru sans underwire.

    Usually I'm about 4 people away from the xray and I start to strip. LOL I take off my belt, sweater or jacket, shoes etc. so that I am ready to go through. It's kind of a pain but I totally understand the reasons for it so don't get too annoyed.

    Oh...random tip. If you have a kindle or an iPad in addition to your computer, they treat it as a separate computer and it has to go in a separate container.
         
        11-21-2010, 07:59 AM
      #14
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    I fly about 6 - 8 times a year for work, and I truthfully don't think the procedures are that bad or that a lot of the current fuss is warranted.

    I've been patted down several times for wearing an underwire bra. Yeah, I'd rather not have to do that again, but it's a female TSA agent and they are as polite and respectful as possible. And it's not like being groped - they feel around enough on the side and below your breast to determine that it's an underwire bra. I always do the full body scan because of my knee replacement, it's no biggie. I tell them as I approach the scanner that I have a knee replacement and I need to do the full body scan or be wanded. Not telling them beforehand and waiting until the metal detector beeps increases the liklihood of being singled out for special treatment.

    Here's my advice: if you know you're going to go through security, be sensible about it. WEAR A SPORTS BRA. Wear slip on shoes or loafers, not tie shoes. Avoid a lot of heavy metal jewelry, belt buckles, change, car keys, etc. If you have body piercings or body jewelry, take them out before security. THINK about what you put in your carry on. A lot of stuff that's absolutely fine to be checked can be a problem in the carry on.

    IME, the TSA agents are helpful, polite and trying to get through their day with as little grief as possible, I think a polite and respectful attitude back towards them does a world of good.

    However, as a plump, silver haired, 52 year old business traveler, I probably don't arouse a lot of terrorist suspicion.
         
        11-22-2010, 06:01 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Apparently if you have four Ss (SSSS) on your ticket you are forced to a random search. They simply put you in the full body scanner...Pat downs if necessary. Really silly if you ask me.
    Airlines always freak me out. Living in New Jersey, only 45 minutes of driving from Ground Zero, our Airline security is VERY strict, and most things have become second nature to me.
         
        11-23-2010, 06:57 PM
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    Green Broke
    I flew recently and was picked for a "random pat down". (Oh joy!) Honestly, it's not that big of a deal. This lady just patted me everywhere and in more personal places would stop and warn me and say "I'm going to pat you right here with the back of my hand", patted me with the back of her hand and went on. She seriously said it like 10 times until finally I was like, got it, back of your hand, just do it!!! I didn't feel like my privacy was invaded, I didn't feel like my rights were being taken away, it's just not the huge ordeal everyone making of it. If it keeps ONE person from bringing a bomb onto a plane then I can sacrifice being patted with some random lady who I'll never see again's back of her hand for 2 seconds.

    Now, if the airlines decide that bombers are going to start shoving bombs up their rectum and need to do a full cavity search? Well, I'm going to be taking a lot more car trips! But seriously, it's not that bad.
         

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