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Nov 16, 2010 12:27PM
The blogs I'm reading recommend that people watch to see if the agent changes gloves, and ask that the gloves be changed if they haven't been. It's not just a sanitation issue (which it is, considering where those fingers are going nowdays). The gloves are what they test for residue after they're through with the groping. It would not be good if the agent touched something with residue on it right before he/she rubbed those gloved fingers on you.
I had never thought about the latex problem. Are the blue gloves the latex-free ones? (Maybe someone here knows that.) Latex allergies can be life-threatening ... I can't believe the TSA wouldn't have thought about that.
Oh. Never mind. I can believe it.
Although I do not ever plan to fly commercially again, I can't say it won't happen. I don't know what I'll do. I do not want to go through either type of scanner. It really is a strip-search, but it's the only kind the TSA can get away with at this point, at least on a routine basis. But, I sure don't want to have to stand there with my arms outstretched while I'm being felt up by a stranger, either. If you protest, they will remind you that you gave them permission to grope you when you showed up at the airport to fly that day and then opted out of the scanner. Women have nightmares about these sorts of things....
Apparently (according to statements made by TSA agents), they do check the bra pretty closely when they do an enhanced pat-down, to "be sure there is something in it." So, I don't know which would be better (or worse) -- wearing my prosthesis, so there would be something in my bra even though it isn't flesh-and-blood, or not wearing a bra at all and being completely flat on one side.
Right now I'm thinking I might go bra-less through TSA security if I have to fly again. Finding a boob on one side and a totally flat chest on the other would surprise the inspector but might not trigger as many questions as the discovery of a foob in a bra cup.
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