Clinton: Make Airport Pat-downs Be Less Intrusive

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says officials should try to make the new airport security measures, including full body scans and intimate pat-downs, less intrusive.

Clinton says there's clearly a need for the tighter security. But she says the government should explore ways to "to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance."

She says she understands "how offensive it must be" for some people to undergo the searches. She says there's a need to strike "the right balance" and to "get it better and less intrusive and more precise."

Would she submit to a pat-down? "Not if I could avoid it," Clinton says. "No. I mean, who would?"

She made the comments in interviews aired Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet the Press."


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  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Nov 22, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    They keep saying it is very few who get pat downs; but it appears those that do are very offended. Until more of the public has been exposed to the treatment by the TSA I doubt things will change. Ironically; we teach our children it is sexual abuse to be touched this way and to report it; but now the Security at the Airports do it in full view of other passengers and we are supposed to change our mind thought and find this experience to be acceptable. My sympathies to the retired teacher who was humilated when his urostomy bag came off.
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