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Passengers Opposed to the ‘Freedom Grope’

As if people don’t trash-talk air travel enough, now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are getting complaints about the three-week-old pat-down system, according to the New York Times. Known as the “freedom grope,” two pilots have also filed a lawsuit against the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security saying that the process violates Fourth Amendment rights.

The US Travel Association and the ACLU are asking for feedback from the public about their experiences. The NYT adds that passengers are upset about the lack of official guidelines about the pat-down process.

Of course, passengers are taking their anger online. A video of one passenger’s resistance – the “Don’t Touch My Junk” video – went viral. (CNN coverage below.) And there are whole websites dedicated to the issue, like which wants passengers to “raise holy hell” and offers tips for how exactly one can raise hell. They’re calling for National Opt-Out Day on November 24, the day before Thanksgiving. Happy travels.

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