{Travel Tuesday} TSA Security Check Tip: Women’s Opt Out

{Travel Tuesday} TSA Security Check Tip: Women’s Opt Out

What you should know about the TSA Security Check – Women’s Opt  Out and your rights

If you’ve traveled lately, you’ve probably gone through the dome for the security check. You have to spread your legs and put your arms in the air. It’s rather violating and makes me feel uncomfortable.

Did you know that as a woman, you don’t have to do this? As a matter of fact, anyone can opt out.

I learned this on my last trip to LA. The woman in front of me said, “Women’s opt out” or “I opt out” to the TSA agent. Instead of being shuffled to the scanning device, you can opt to not have the body scan. You are NOT REQUIRED BY LAW to be scanned. Instead you will be patted down. This takes more time. But know that you have a choice.

The full body scans are embarrassing and feels like a strip search. There are health and privacy risks associated with the scanners.

Knowing rights when traveling is key.

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Have you had a bad experience with the TSA? We’d love to hear your story! Just post in the comments below.

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