‘Freedom Grope,’ ‘Gate Rape’ — Whatever You Call It — Do You Think It’s Worth It?

By Tom McCarthy

Nov 17, 2010 11:34pm

Some have dubbed it the "freedom grope." Others call it "gate rape." But whatever the snarky nickname, there is no denying that American passengers are in a huff over the new TSA pat-down procedure. For a nation long weary of shoe removal and liquid limits, full-body touching and revealing body scans have been a tough sell. But the TSA insists that they are vital for ever-shifting security demands. A recent CBS poll showed that Americans overwhelmingly support the use of full body X-rays at airports. What do you think? Have the new rules at last gone too far? Or is the extra peace of mind at 30,000 feet worth it?

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