Wow! Snatched before you even got to the checkpoint? Unacceptable. Guess there would be no way I could survive in today's airport environment as an employee or worse, a traveler and accept what is happening to people and the violation of their rights and freedoms. No way would I submit to this sort of search without reason. Suddenly you are deemed "suspect" for what reason? If I did not have to fly right then and there I would have turned around and walked out. Unfortunately this seems to be "norm" these days. We are seeing it to some degree (testing phase still?) in subways and light rail and they fall under "random." I can't say I agree with this. I guess you never did get a straight answer as to "why" because I can't accept their answer of "they can do any kind of search they want to at the airports, where ever they want to do it, not just on the sterile side." This falls under the "behavioral indicators" the TSA is allegedly trained to know what to look for.