Woman wears bikini to avoid airport pat-down


A woman has managed to avoid an uncomfortable airport security pat-down in the US by wearing a bikini.

Corinne Theile unbuttoned her overcoat to reveal the black two-piece before proceeding to her gate at LAX airport in Los Angeles.

New regulations in the US require aeroplane passengers to either enter a scanner that sees through clothing, or be subjected to an intrusive pat-down.

But Ms Theile dodged both of these options when security officials saw her outfit.

“The woman looked at me and said, ‘Girl, you wearing a bikini. Come right through’,” Ms Theile told NBC.

“She had a big smile on her face … I think this might be the way I travel from here on out.”

Critics of the new Transport Security Authority (TSA) regulations say both the body scans and pat-downs are unnecessary and humiliating.

The full-body scanners show the outline of a person’s private parts on a computer, while the pat-downs involve some touching of the passengers’ genital area.

Ms Theile’s stunt follows a loosely organised effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day, in which passengers planned to use fliers, T-shirts and, in one case, a Scottish kilt, to highlight the invasive procedures.

Despite a widespread internet campaign that some feared would spark delays during the busy Thanksgiving-week travel season, the protests were not as large as expected.

Ms Theile said she thought the TSA could find a better solution to maintain aviation security.

“It’s not that I’m concerned, it’s that I feel like the TSA is making travelers feel uncomfortable, and I feel like we can have security measures that don’t make people feel uncomfortable,” she said.

“Every time I go through security I always say, ‘I don’t even know why I got dressed this morning.’ I end up taking off belts, jewellery and everything else off anyway.”

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