I've been considering a trip this winter with my two young children (who will be 1.5 and 5.5 years old) to visit the grandparents. I feel strongly about not flying right now, but my father has not yet met my daughter, and it's breaking my heart. He's a private pilot and it's very hard to get him in a commercial plane piloted by someone he doesn't know. I respect this, so if we want to see him, we have to fly. And the trip is AK to AZ, which makes driving very impractical, especially with two young kids. The flight would be between airports currently with no pornoscanners, ANC to TUS. If one of them gets scanners, the trip is cancelled unless I can work a re-route somehow (Kenai to Flagstaff? What an odd route that would be). We would do everything right, to a paranoid degree. We would wear form fitting clothes, my hair would be down, no metal anywhere on our persons with the exception of my gold tooth (wedding ring, even, locked to something secure deep inside my bag). I might even take off my daughter's diaper for the trip through the checkpoints if I'm feeling particularly paranoid. We won't bring anything tricky -- no liquids, no laptop, no stroller, nothing. If I bring the baby carrier, it will be stuffed away in the carry-on. I will have my husband waiting outside the checkpoint on this end to make sure we get through, and in case I need back-up if there's a problem. My mom and/or dad will also be waiting for us to get through on the TUS end. We will comply cheerfully, respectfully, and politely with any and all screening with one exception -- nobody touches me or the kids (hand swab not withstanding). If we are chosen for a random grope, I politely decline and ask to be escorted out of the airport. If we somehow alarm some test, I will make a game-time decision about whether to allow it -- if it's a localized patdown of some sort that's not in a "sensitive area", I might feel okay with it. Or maybe not. But in planning to potentially not fly, I think I could handle all of this calmly and politely, thereby not giving anyone a reason to escalate, retaliate, or arrest me. I will channel Rosa Parks, Ghandi, Obiwan Kenobi, Sharon Cissna, and every other persona I can think of who has used the force to prevail in such a situation. I'm also thinking I would set my Flip on record and put it in my backpack outside net pocket, just in case (I don't have a cell phone). If we have to leave the checkpoint on the ANC end, it's easy, we just don't fly. But if we can't fly out of TUS, the plan is a trip up the west coast relying mostly on friends and family for rides and beds and moral support. And then pull a Cissna and take the ferry from Bellingham back up to AK. This actually sounds like a great time, and I almost want to do it anyway, but it will interfere with my teaching gig next semester. I might take the semester off so I don't have to worry about it at all, but I'm not sure yet. Here are some questions I have: 1) Is it realistic to expect that if I am cheerful, respectful, and politely decline touching, I will not be charged with anything? 2) My kids' and my toiletries are just lousy with glycerin. Every last product. The laundry detergent might have it, too, and I know the dish soap does. What can I do about this? Are there some known safe brands? 3) Should I prepare my son that the checkpoint is a potential problem area, and that he needs to keep quiet and stay by me and not talk to strangers, or should I let him act normally and take the stupid sticker and all that? Which would arouse less suspicion? I'm also concerned that in the unlikely event that we don't fly, he would totally lose it. He's like that. So I don't know if I should somehow prepare him that plans could go awry in a way that sounds like it's an emergency (like how we talk about what happens if he gets lost, or there's a fire... it's not going to happen, but just in case it does). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Edited Further to Bold My Objective (in case it wasn't clear): My goal here is getting us through without being touched. If it were just me I'd likely do things differently, but civil disobedience is only a last resort here. Though if it comes to that, you know I'll be taking it to my neighbor, the news anchor, the internet, and everybody else I can think of.