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The Audacity of Grope: TSA's New Pat-Down

Document Date: November 22, 2010

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“When Americans witness three-year-old children being aggressively patted down by TSA screeners…our airline security screening system is broken.”
Rep. Rush Holt to the TSA (house.gov)

Thanks to a new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policy, many passengers are being forced to undergo an extremely intrusive and humiliating “pat down” search that is unlike anything most Americans have experienced before.

Since the policy came into effect, the ACLU has received over 1,000 complaints from travelers who have been subject to these invasive and suspicionless searches. These complaints came from men, women and children who reported feeling humiliated and traumatized by these searches, and, in some cases, comparing their psychological impact to sexual assaults.

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