>As for the legality of it, these searches have been upheld in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, so I'm sure they'll be upheld in DC as well. As the 5 panelists at that symposium concurred, change will have to be political, not judicial. It will have to come from people pushing back. Yeah, I agree - the bag searches will probably be upheld in DC. I also agree that change will come from political protest, at least in the short term. On a strange, related topic.... I like watching Dexter, but I'm a season behind. Last night I was trying to catch up and so watched several episodes in a row. What did I see? There was a two or three minute scene involving a sympathetic character who had been raped by several men over a period of time having to go through a pat down at the airport. I don't know if the people who write/produce Dexter have issues with the TSA, but the airport scene was harrowing and the TSA agents were depicted pretty much as we see them (not in a flattering light at all). Stony faced, grabby and insensitive. There were also people (mostly men) gawking at her -- the whole horrible experience. I'm sure they could have shown her PTSD in another way, but they chose to do it this way. Maybe this was someone who works on the show had a run in with the TSA and this was payback?