I fly a fair amount for my job, and I've never been pulled aside for a pat-down. If there was ever an issue, I would just submit to the full-body scanner thingy and move on with my day. If anyone noticed I was wearing anything unusual--usually a Seni-Man Fit pad--they never said anything.
But I've become genuinely concerned with what those scanners might be doing to my body, particularly to a frequent traveler like me. So I've stopped going in them. The alternative, of course, is a pat-down. I'm not someone who gets off on having a pad or diaper noticed, but it was interesting.
On my way to Reagan Airport, the metal detector went off, and they asked me to remove my shoes (TSA Pre-Check doesn't require that at first), which I did. The metal detector went off again, so they asked me to step into the scanner. I said I'd prefer the pat-down.
An older man stepped over to me and asked if I had any medical issues he should know about. Any tender spots or medical devices? I said no, but told him that I was wearing a pad. "A pad?" he said, though he seemed to know what I meant.
Now, I've been patted down before, but I've never had someone pat my junk this much, and I guess he was just confirming what I meant by "pad." Nothing more was said, and I went on my way.
The same thing happened on the trip back, but this time I chose to not say anything and see if they found it on their own. That would be a no. Nothing. Which leads me to believe that even the pat-downs are less than effective. I mean, the pads I wear are NOT small.
So anyhoo, that was my experience. Anyone else had a different experience with the TSA?