Although it didn’t seem very optional when I flew through Las Vegas airport earlier this year, it seems that now the TSA are threatening to give people intimate patdowns if they refuse to go through their new backscatter machines.
I can picture the scene now. The nice and terribly camp young man walks up to security and indicates that he doesn’t want to go through the machine. “I’m sorry sir,” comes the reply, “if you don’t go through the machine, one of my colleagues will have to search you very thoroughly indeed”. The passenger eyes up the collection of well-groomed young men in the very smart uniforms… And we’ll stop right there because otherwise this blog would end up being X-rated.
Still, I suspect that the TSA won’t have any problems keeping the LGB diversity statistics up amongst their staff in future.