The whole pat down thing is getting silly. First of all I have said it before that the "enhanced" security measures are pure theater. Unless the TSA starts doing strip searches and cavity probes they cannot assure us that there are no devices hidden on passengers. And I am not suggesting that!
The inept technique being used left one elderly passenger drenched in his own urine. Nice. Thomas Sawyer of Michigan was traveling to Orlando. He is a cancer survivor and wears a urostomy bag. During his pat down the agent broke the bag and left Mr. Sawyer drenched in his own urine, with no opportunity to clean up until he boarded the airplane.
The TSA agent was warned by Mr. Sawyer about the bag, but ignored his request to be gentle with it.
The list of problems will grow steadily longer as this silliness continues and the traveling public and the airlines will suffer as the government tries to convince us that they are protecting us. The cold reality is they can't protect us from every threat. The near disaster of the toner cartridges shows that. The terrorists want to terrorize us and they have succeeded, and we formally surrendered to them when we passed the Patriot Act.
Until we start dealing with the root cause of terrorism and not the symptoms we will continue to find ourselves in situations like this. We are a nation driven by fear and that is exactly what the terrorists wanted.