I mentioned in a previous post about my recent experiences of airport security down under at AKL and SYD. On the way home to the US, the kiwis at AKL used a different procedure than the simple WTMD walk-thru and hand wanding used at SYD or at AKL when I transferred on the way in. The change from the procedure done earlier on the way to SYD perhaps at random, perhaps because some of the flights this time were going to the US. The new procedure was WTMD, then take random, (ie, as many as you could without slowing the line down) persons, and lightly touch them (frisk) with the wand. I experienced this, wasn't fantastic, but wasn't nearly as bad as having someone touch you you. It's like getting wanded, with light incidental touch at some non intimate locations. They stayed away from breasts and crotch, and there was mixed gender screeners vs screenees. Some folks were not screened in this way to keep up the throughput. Some by design--one lady in a wheelchair was let through, one very well endowed young lady was also let through without the hand wand touching--they seemed very sensitive to propriety in that regard. I spoke with several of the screeners during a lull, and they told me that they could feel anything they needed to feel in that way, and that going into the crotch and breasts was not called for, nor would they be doing it (unless of course, it was shown to be warranted by something they felt during their normal screening). They brought in a dog every now and then to sniff around, then took him away. The folks on the receiving end didn't react much to this. The screeners did their jobs delicately and with discretion. This is completely something that TSA could learn from. They would eliminate a lot of ill will if they would conduct themselves in a similar manner. Btw, the screeners wandered around the airport also, went shopping etc, and it was interesting to watch the reaction of others toward them. They were treated as everyone else, no sidelong glances, no looks of contempt, none of the baggage that TSA clerks load on themselves.