Flashback: Locals on TSA Regulations, 'My Kids Are Off Limits'
Holly Springs and Hickory Flat residents weigh in on more aggressive screening techniques at airports.
This story originally ran on Dec. 1, 2010.
The American Automobile Association reports that at least 1.6 million people are expected to fly over the holidays. Now that the Transportation Security Administration has enforced top security in the airports, will local holiday travelers hit the roads or stick to the breezy airways?
Salvation Army volunteer and mother of two Kelly Turner says she does not mind being patted down in the airport; however, her children are off limits.
"Some things are necessary and some things aren't," Turner said.
According to the TSA website, transportation security officers will work with parents to resolve any alarms at the checkpoint. It also says a child may receive a modified pat-down and that parents are encouraged to ensure their children remove all items from their pockets as they go through the security checkpoint.
Nikki Cloud said she does not think kids being patted down is necessary at all.
"That is not freedom," Cloud said. "I love to fly, but now I don't even know if I want to go through that."
Local resident Salim Nadir said he and his wife will be traveling to Philadelphia this holiday season. Nadir said going through a scanner is less invasive than being patted down.
Nadir said he feels that a child being patted down is going too far.
"Obviously if there is a terrorist who reaches a child, then we would all feel like it is justified, but then at the end of the day, things could be taken to the extreme," he said.
Nadir said regulations should be kept in moderation.
"Most people will be willing, just for a period of time, to give up some of their known rights just to make sure we are all safe," Nadir said.
The TSA states that all passengers have rights during the pat-down procedure. Passengers could request a pat-down in a private room or with a witness present. The agency also states that pat-downs are used to resolve alarms triggered by metal detectors and advanced image technology units. Pat-downs are also used when a person decides not to go through the scanner.
Diona Nadir said an age limit should be placed on children being patted down at the airport.
"I'm a teacher, so I guess there is a certain age where you have to cut it off," she said. "There is no reason for babies to be patted down or toddlers. I think that is a little bit too intrusive for little kids."
She said she's fine with being scanned as long as it is for safety reasons and not profiling for appearing suspicious.
"I think it is a necessary evil," Diona Nadir said. "I guess, for the airport knowing that there are so many people travelling, knowing it's hard to keep everybody safe, that it's important for us to do it. It's better to have it than not to."