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Some Phoenix fliers find pat-downs 'humiliating'

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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7:29 pm | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu Nov 25, 2010.

Most people flying out of Phoenix on Wednesday breezed through security in a matter of minutes despite an Internet campaign to boycott body scans.

But Kirsten Lewandowski of Phoenix had a much different experience.

In full view of other travelers, a female Transportation Security Administration agent had the 36-year-old lift up the bottom of her purple hoodie to inspect her waistband — revealing her lower stomach — and ran her hands up her inner thighs and over the rest of her body.

While few passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport complained about body-scanners, and many who went through them said they didn't mind at all, Lewandowski and at least one other person who underwent the TSA's new pat-down procedures say the searches go too far.

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