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Airport Security and Kids5

Some parents have informed me that their children were subjected to skin-to-skin pat downs at airports, after they refused security gates or body scans for their youngsters, based on harmful effects of these devices. At other times, pat downs were conducted if the searcher was not satisfied with the result of the previous screening method. Also, it may be have been conducted as an additional measure during a high-security advisory. In skin-to-skin pat down, the searcher does not wear gloves and reaches under the clothes to thoroughly search skin with bare hands including private areas (often exposing them to public view). This poll deals with issues related to skin-to-skin pat downs of kids (for the purpose of this poll, kid means a pre-pubertal boy or girl under the age of 11), in terms of embarrassment, health and safety, personal-space violation, privacy and protection of passenger property.
1. Which part of the world do you belong?
USA
Canada
UK
Germany
France
China
Japan
North America (Other Countries)
Europe (Other Countries)
Asia (Other Countries)
Africa
South America
Australia
2. Are you a single parent?
No
Yes
3. I am:
Female
Male
4. My age (in years) is:
Under 20
20-29
30-39
40-49
50 or over 50
5. My education is:
Not completed high school
High school
Two-year college
Four-year college (basic)
Four-year college (professional)
Graduate (maters level)
6. My profession is:
7. How many sons do you have, who are less than 11 years of age?
None
One
Two
Three
More than three
8. What are the ages of your sons (check all those, which apply)?
Less than 1 year
1+ (equal to or more than 1 year, but less than 2 years)
2+
3+
4+
5+
6+
7+
8+
9+
10+
9. How many daughters do you have, who are less than 11 years of age?
Less than 1 year
1+
2+
3+
4+
5+
6+
7+
8+
9+
10+
11. Traveling with kids is:
Exciting
Enjoyable
Distressing
Nightmare
12. Did the current situation in security hype effect travel pattern and frequency for your family?
Insisting on Integrated Unclothed Screening (http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170752) instead of security gates (http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170754) or body scanning (http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170753) when traveling by plane
Insisting on pat down (see meesages area for risks) instead of security gates (http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170754) or body scanning (http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170753) when traveling by plane
Dressing kids in briefs/panties (stripped to waist) while going through security gates
Dressing kids in cotton T-shirts and gym shorts (to avoid metallic things) while passing through security gates
Decrease in travel frequency
Avoiding airports and using alternate means of travel
Other (please describe)
13. For the kids flying frequently (at least once every 6 months), in your opinion, what are the chances of them subjected to Complete Strip Search in the first 10 years of their lives?
Less than 25%
25%-49%
50%-74%
75%-99%
100%
14. Five years from now, what percentage of airline passengers would consist of kids (less than 11-year old)?
Less than 25%
25%-49%
50%-74%
75%-100%
15. Five years from now, what would be the predominant mode of screening for kids traveling by air?
Complete strip search
Integrated unclothed screening
Skin-to-skin pat down
Use of radiation emitted by body and clothing to detect traces of explosives/drugs on person
Ascertaining identity/background of kids and accompanying adults through databases, advanced face recognition techniques
Use of X rays and other invasive radiation to look for hidden explosives, advanced full body scan (backscatter X ray) devices
Other (please describe)
16. If your child was subjected to a skin-to-skin pat down as part of airport security procedure, this procedure was adopted because:
The screening procedure failed to resolve the issue. Please name the airport:
This was a routine procedure at the given airport. Please name the airport:
There was a heightened security at the airport due to advisory from agencies. Please name the airport:
The parent or accompanying adult refused the demand of airport authorities to subject the child to security-gate screening or full-body-backscatter scan. Please name the airport:
17. If you selected the first choice in previous question, the search procedure was:
Full-body (Backscatter-X-ray) scan http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170753
Hand-held scanner
Graded unclothed screening http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170751
Security gate http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170754
Integrated unclothed screening http://www.misterpoll.com/forums/135040/topics/170752
18. Did skin-to-skin pat down resolve the issue?
Yes
No, the child was subjected to complete strip search
19. Did the child co-operate with the searcher?
Yes
No, coertion was used
No, threat was used
No, force was used
20. The pat down of your kids was conducted in (select all applicable choices):
Boys: A private area (same-sex screener)
Boys: A private area (opposite-sex screener)
Boys: General passenger area (same-sex screener)
Boys: General passenger area (opposite-sex screener)
Girls: A private area (same-sex screener)
Girls: A private area (opposite-sex screener)
Girls: General-passenger area (same-sex screener)
Girls: General passenger area (opposite-sex screener)
21. If you selected one of the options 2-4, 6-8, in Q. 20, did you complain about the procedure?
Yes, verbally
Yes, in writing
Yes, through the lawyer
No
22. Search was conducted with:
Back of hand
Front of hand (palm touching bare skin)
At the time of pat down, the child was wearing (please describe):
23. During the search (select all applicable choices):
The searcher washed hands between searches of 2 children
Private area was searched (from front)
Private area was searched (from back)
After searching private area, the searcher put the same hand on nipples (without washing, thus raising the possibility of infection)
The searcher pressed hand on child's body so hard that it hurt
Child's clothes were torn or damaged during the search
Child's clothes become dirty from sweaty hands of searcher
Private areas were exposed to other staff and passengers during the search procedure (dresses were bunched up above the waist, when upper part of the body was searched under clothes)
24. How did the child feel after the search?
Took it casually
Embarrased
Humiliated
Violated
25. Any long term effects?
Fear of airports and travel
Withdrawn
Quiet
Disillusioned
26. Do you feel that Integrated Unclothed Screening is a better option in place of skin-to skin pat down?
Yes
No
Undecided
This poll was created on 2014-12-08 18:54:32 by Sylveef