Sorry Folks, I had enough when I read the story below. Air Travel You now have to give away your to be secure in your person, not just effects like bags and such?? Opponents say "If your were on a plane that was attacked you'd feel different" Well no I'd not - We all sacrifice some security for being a free country that has liberty. I feel it is my American duty to send it to every one I have done business with, my personal email lists, and anyone on my Facebook - (I guess FB is good for something). I read this extra disturbing article after hearing a pregnant woman was not allowed to opt-out and was forced into the back-scatter X-ray The TSA states on its website that it is totally safe for pregnant women and children to get 10mrems each. Right -D BTW: I have to travel for work to keep food on the table so don't just think "drive there" because the right to travel freely in our country is an imperative right for us, as United States Citizens, to keep. This is new info from just last week. No news on TV about it huh? ____________________________________________________ Thursday, Nov 25th, 2010 Menstruating women beware. If you intend to travel, your panty-liners are now considered suspicious objects, after all you could be concealing a bomb in there. The latest insane TSA transgression answers questions that were raised last week when it was revealed naked body scanners can also detect sanitary napkins. New York Times reporter Joe Sharkey wrote Monday that he was getting a lot of requests for information from female frequent fliers. Do the imagers, for example, detect sanitary napkins? women wanted to know. Yes, wrote Sharkey. Does that then necessitate a pat-down? The TSA couldnt say. Screeners, the TSA has said, are expected to exercise some discretion. the article continued. The answer, judging from one womans written testimony, seems to be yes. A customer of popular womens health company, Gladrags, relayed her recent experience at the hands of the TSA via email. In short, she was asked to walk through a radiation firing naked body scanner and complied. The scanner produced a naked image of her, but because her sanitary towel was obscuring her most intimate parts from prying eyes, the TSA agents pulled her aside for a full groin search. Not something to be relished by any person, let alone someone who has previously suffered sexual assault. Here is the womans email in full: This email isnt going to be as polished as I would normally send, but Im upset and I dont want what happened to me to happen to anyone else (if I can stop it). I recently traveled via air, and was subjected to that new scanning device. No problem, I thought. I was wearing jeans and a linen tanktop, bra, panties, and one camouflage pantyliner. Im a rule follower, so I never have any problems at the airport. Not this time. I was stopped, and then held for 15 minutes while they tried to find a female supervisor. I couldnt get to my bag, my shawl or my shoes; just standing there while the TSA agents kept me in one place. Now, I dont want this to be about bad TSA agents; they were doing their job, they were as delicate as they could be, etc., etc. But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assaults. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner. These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (like a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your groin while another woman watches on (two in my case they were training in a new girl awesome). So please, please, tell the ladies not to wear their liners at the airport (I didnt even have an insert in). Im a strong, confident woman; Im an Army vet (which is why those camo liners crack me up), I work full-time and go to graduate school full-time, I have a wonderful husband, and I dont take any nonsense from anyone. I dont dramatize, and I dont exaggerate. Im trying to give you a sense of who I am so you wont think that this is a plea for attention, or a jumping on the bandwagon about the recent TSA proposed boycott. I just dont want another woman to have to go through the patting down because she didnt know that her glad-rag would be a matter of national security. When will this insanity end?