Photo of the Day: Pat-Downs and Protest

Nov 24, 2010· 0 MIN READ
Following the lead of Wilt Chamberlain, Adam vacated his native Philadelphia for Los Angeles following decades of acclaim and short shorts. He firmly believes that, when it comes to the opportunity for change, we’re on the goal line with bases loaded and no fouls to give. He also finds inspiration in mixed sports metaphors.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had its hands full today at our nation’s airports, where federal employees kicked off their Thanksgiving weekend by getting intimate with complete strangers.

No biggie; most folks in America's cities are already well-accustomed to pat-downs at bars and schools. (Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

In the run-up to the busiest travel day of the season, tighter airport security measures have been the stuff of nonstop news coverage from Fox to NPR.

At issue are two over-friendly choices facing the jet-set upon arrival at security checkpoints: X-ray body scanners that capture passengers nearly nude, or invasive pat-downs should travelers opt out of the intimate photo shoot.

The measures are intended to keep airlines as safe as possible from terrorist attacks. What they do for the nation's state of sexual anxiety is another issue.