The Atlanticís Jeffrey Goldberg was told by a TSA agent directly that
pat downs were made increasingly invasive not for any genuine security
reason, but to make the experience so uncomfortable for the traveler
that they would prefer to use the body scanner.
"I asked him if he was looking forward to conducting the full-on
pat-downs. Nobodyís going to do it, he said, once they find out that
weíre going to do.
In other words, people, when faced with a choice, will inevitably
choose the Dick-Measuring Device over molestation? Thatís what weíre
hoping for. Weíre trying to get everyone into the machine. He called
over a colleague. Tell him what you call the back-scatter, he said.
The Dick-Measuring Device, I said. Thatís the truth, the other officer