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.