Minimize Your TSA Troubles

By Grant Stinchfield
|  Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010  |  Updated 6:49 PM CDT
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There are some simple ways to speed up your trip through TSA security checkpoints.

Grant Stinchfield, NBCDFW.com

There are some simple ways to speed up your trip through TSA security checkpoints.

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If you want to avoid being on the receiving end of those new Transportation Security Administration enhanced pat-downs there are a few simple ways to minimize your chances of being selected. 

Bottom line, don't set off the metal detector. If you do, you automatically get an enhanced pat-down. That means before going through security remove all metal objects from your body. Jewelry, pens, phones, belts and even body piercings should all go in your carry-on bag.
 
If you get selected to go through the new body scanner and opt-out of that scan, you will be subjected to an enhanced pat-down. 

The TSA insists a full-body scan takes just under five seconds while a physical pat-down takes just under five minutes. 

The more people who opt-out of a scan will slow the entire security process down. 

Some passengers will be randomly selected for the enhanced pat-down. If your chosen, there is nothing you can do to opt-out of the pat-down.
 
The only sure-fire way to ensure you don't get an enhanced pat-down, is to drive to your destination.

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