No body scans, no problem!
On Sunday I flew with my
husband and 11-year-old daughter from New York to Los Angeles. We are
celebrating Thanksgiving with my wonderful cousin and her family.
witnessing the public outcry over the new full-body scanners that have
been installed at airports around the country – and the enhanced
pat-downs that have accompanied them – we were somewhat relieved to see
that our Jet Blue terminal at JFK was still using the old metal
detectors. Still, we were careful to make sure there was nothing left in
any pocket that could set off an alarm as we walked through.
A lot of people are obviously concerned about the pat-downs, particularly when it comes to children. With that in mind, the Los Angeles Times
published some useful advice last Friday, suggesting ways in which
families could prepare for what might happen. The article includes links
to the TSA’s web site, which explains in words, pictures and video what a full-body scan entails.
There is also a Pat-Down Myths and Facts
blog post from one of the TSA’s public affairs analysts, although you
only have to read a few of the hundreds of comments on the post to be
reminded of the intense public debate over these controversial new