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I think there are threads about this in at least 3 or 4 different places on MDC right now, but I wanted to discuss it as abuse survivors. The whole thing is really triggering to me. It seems you either go through the new xray body scanners, which basically produce a nude image of you, or you get an "enhanced pat down" which includes feeling around your breasts and genitals. I was fine with metal detectors and even the old style pat downs or the little wand device. But this feels scary and invasive to me. I'm already a nervous travelers- I get panic attacks just thinking about traveling. I think if I had to choose between those two options, my PTSD would go haywire! I'd been considering trying to take an airline trip in the next year or two, but with these new guidelines, I'm thinking maybe I better stay home. I just imagine I'd end up a crying, panicked mess, possible getting stuck in flashbacks. Is anybody else having this reaction? Does anyone know if there's a way around it? Like, can you get a doctors note, saying you have PTSD and such a scan or search would be detrimental to your well being? Its sort of freaking me out, I imagine other abnuse survivors would also have issues.
 

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<p>why did they change the old system, walking thru the metal detectors? Those seemed to work just fine. This new method sounds very intrusive.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sativarain1</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280218/tsa-stuff-mt#post_16055492"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>why did they change the old system, walking thru the metal detectors? Those seemed to work just fine. This new method sounds very intrusive.</p>
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<br><br><p>I can't answer that without going on a political rant...</p>
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<p>I told DH that just the thought of being randomly selected and felt up made me nauseated. We are planning a trip in April to visit family and we're going to bite the bullet and drive. It's 14 hours and we'll have a 2 year old and a 3 month old...but I'd rather do THAT.</p>
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<p>Apparently you can ask the ticket counter if your child was randomly selected (You know, to keep your CHILD from being sexually assaulted) Could you get a note from a therapist or something saying that you're an abuse survivor and the excess screening would cause a violently emotional reaction?</p>
 

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<p>Two months ago when I had to fly out to my parents place to help them with the death of my little brother...I went through one of the enhanced machines.  I was actually too traumatized at the time to have any concerns.  </p>
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<p>But I don't like the idea of them at all.  I think if I were traveling for non-emergent reasons I would see if I could get a note from my therapist to have in case I were selected for it again.  </p>
 

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<p>I was just coming here to post this. I have severe PTSD and there is absolutely no way I'm taking my kids on a plane if they continue to search children. I just read about a YouTube video of an 8 year old boy actually being strip searched by the TSA and I started panicking about it. I cannot even watch the video or read details in full.</p>
<p>If I had to watch an agent touch either one of my kids I would completely flip out.</p>
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<p>The realization that our freedoms are being taken away makes me panic. We are being told that if we want to fly, we have to be subjected to invasive scans of our nude bodies or invasive groping or in some cases BOTH. I'm very sad and concerned for the future of this country. Why should we be subjected to being molested and having power taken away from us like this? It's absolutely horrible. It's like being assaulted over and over again. What a nightmare. I feel I've been through enough. :(</p>
 
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