Jack Shafer writes: "I had my first TSA pat-down. it wasn't that bad. What am I missing?"
It isn't that bad, that's the point. I find it far less humiliating than the Radioactive Dick-Measuring Machine (the RDMM), in which you have to raise your hands in supplication to the gods of the federal security bureaucracy.
Now if the TSA frisk included a cavity search, I would probably argue for the radiation machine. But it doesn't, and so I don't find it humiliating at all. Put it this way: It's the difference between factory-farming and organic farming. The frisk is much less dehumanizing. Also, it's probably more effective, even without cavity searching.