Thanksgiving Week at the Airport: Pat Downs, Humiliation, and Protests

November 22 2010, 12:00 PM

If you have a minute, take a look at the pictures UPI photographer Gary C. Caskey shot at Denver International Airport showing Transportation Security Administration agents using full-body scanners and conducting those new, extra-touchy-in-the-name-of-security pat downs. More travelers are expected in airports this year, and the new security measures could slow things down, as a small, loose band of people who say body scans are demeaning, even pornographic, plan to do what they can to disrupt the system as part of National Opt-Out Day on Wednesday. "Just one or two recalcitrant passengers at an airport is all it takes to cause huge delays," Paul Ruden, a spokesman for the American Society of Travel Agents, tells The Associated Press.

A body scan takes 10 seconds, but if a person declines, they could face a pat down—which isn't so great either. One retired teacher, a cancer survivor who wears a urostomy bag under his clothing that collects his urine from an opening in his stomach, was on his way to Orlando via Detroit when TSA agents singled him out for an enhanced pat down. In the end, he was left crying and covered in his own urine with nothing to do but board his plane before he had time to clean up, writes MSNBC.

Meanwhile, back in Denver, CBS4 has discovered that a local firefighter and a female city employee were caught on videotape using DIA's $2.5 million mobile command post for sexual romps.