Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I Was Patted Down in Airport Security and Survived
We've always traveled by air a fair amount -- at least once a year. That didn't stop after 9/11. And because Terry's parents live in Northern Virginia, we flew into and out of Washington Dulles airport which remains one of the most highly sensitive airports.
I didn't think twice when the female agent asked to pat me down as I flew to Houston from LaGuardia last week -- or maybe it was when I was flying from Houston back to LaGuardia -- or maybe both? See I don't even remember.
Because I remember the very careful screens in those post-9/11 years: "I'm going to put the back of my hand right here, okay?" as they felt around my waistband or near my underwire bra.
So in this busiest of busy time of air travel, know that it's not a huge deal. I am about as apple pie American looking as they come (right?), and when we were traveling with young baby Amanda, we were often pulled aside for the "random screens" before we got onboard. And I guess that was actually before 9/11, right? So things had changed even before then.
I want to continue to feel safe flying the friendly skies, and I will take what some perceive as a little inconvenience so that I can keep doing so. One change I've made is that even on a short trip, I had been more likely to choose to check my bag so that I could bring whatever liquids I wanted to (i.e. hair product). However, now that the airlines are charging for bags, I've gone back to making a carry-on work.
What about you? Have the recent changes in air travel changed the way you feel about flying?