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Minimize Your TSA Troubles

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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. 

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    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.