Invasion of Privacy

The Holiday Pat-Down Backlash

The backlash has intensified against newly instituted Transportation Security Administration security measures as travel increases during the holiday season. A viral video showing a shirtless young boy receiving a pat-down from a TSA official has many crying foul, worried about the loss of privacy in the service of public safety. Granted, pat-downs are not mandatory, with passengers only receiving them if they decline full-body scans using advanced imaging technology—a technology designed to prevent potential attacks like that of would-be Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab last year.