Pretty difficult to find middle ground here. Children are rarely patted down. The most common cause for them being patted down comes from parents who opt them out of AIT screening. The new procedures that will be put in effect real soon will change that to the point where it will be very rare for a child to be patted down unless a parent specifically requests a pat down. (For some children with disabilities, this is the only viable option. But it's still the parent's call.) I don't know what the statistics are, but I would venture to say that your neighbor's 13 year old is in good hands with 99+ % of the TSO workforce at any airport. Yeah, I know, you're going to disagree, and that's fine. It would spoil your rhetoric to admit that the actual percentage of pedophiles in the TSA workforce is less than one percent. So you're obligated to paint all of us with that broad stroke or else your argument loses legs. I understand. My point is that TSA is finally making a risk-based decision and giving both you and us TSOs a reasonable alternative when it comes to the screening of children. It's about goddamn time! I would love to give you more details, but this is literally hot off the press, and I have to be careful with what I print until I get more familiar with the information. (It's my weekend homework assignment.) No, I don't expect a bunch of members to change their opinion about TSA. But I do believe that this will be one less thing to bitch about. There's still the TDC, laptop screening and other things to whine and moan about, and that's fine. I'm hoping that TSA will also come to a reasonable solution for liquids, gels and aerosols. I see it pretty much as you probably do: a bottle of water is a bottle of water until proven otherwise. Still, TSA is taking steps in the right direction, albeit baby steps. Better than no steps at all.