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Unfortunately, sometimes, you're just out of luck. I fly often enough and I've definitely had unpleasant experiences, including being touched, um, yeah, there. Under my underwear (if you ask me that would be sexual assault in any other scenario). But generally, I've managed to keep those experiences to a minimum by following certain rules that I've conjured ...


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Cloth Drawstring As others have noted, metal will often get you flagged. For this reason, if you need to wear pants with some type of suspension, you should definitely opt for something like sweat pants with a cloth drawstring. Of course, there are many belts which have no metal parts, but if your pants have a zipper or button or any metal fasteners, then ...


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Wear a kilt. The last two times I've flown, I wore a kilt, and (even after being frisked) could have smuggled an inflated beach ball through security.


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While not a frequent traveler, I have gone through airport security at least 20 times with a LOT of stuff in and attached to the outside of my bags that I would think would warrant additional screening. However, I dress very... hoboish, and have never needed a patdown. What I mean by that is sweatpants, a single plain white undershirt, and a plain weather ...


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Don't wear underwire bras Okay, maybe not very useful for you per se, but for other people. I tend to get frisked due to underwires that are likely somewhat larger than on average female traveller. Personally, I don't think there is fireproof way to avoid patdowns though, so I don't have better answer for what to wear.


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You want clothing that appears invisible to the millimeter wave scanner, so you appear naked i.e. no false positives. Any metal will obviously show up, but anomalies in fabric density can also appear as a suspicious object. When I travel I avoid: Velcro fasteners, Cargo pockets (multiple layers), Tucking in my shirt (rumples), Baggy clothing or ...


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I used to have the same problem, needing secondary screening about 60% of the time. Now, after I enter the scanner but before I raise my arms, I pull my pants up and forwards, so at least there's contact with my hips and lower back. Usually it'll hold there long enough for the scan to complete. Since I've been doing that I've never had any secondary ...


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This will not help you this week, but if you're eligible to do so, you could sign up for TSA Pre✓ (or another program like Global Entry, if you travel internationally, that includes the same benefits). Precheck lanes at most airports have regular metal detectors, not millimeter wave scanners, so they're unaffected by how your pants fit. There is no ...


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Wear trousers without metal and by preference ones that stay up without a belt. It is not a given that you will not be checked but it will make it less likely and you will feel better when you are standing there. Take everything out your pockets, including hankies and odd pieces of paper. You can put them in your bag or a coat you take off and send through ...


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