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101 Pat-Downs: An Undercover Look at Airport Security and the Tsa
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101 Pat-Downs: An Undercover Look at Airport Security and the Tsa (Hardback)

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Two million people fly commercially every day in the United States, and every single passenger must interact with members of airport security. Why do travelers put up with long lines and invasive screenings, and why do TSA agents put up with the disrespect and anger directed at them? Shawna Malvini Redden asked this question for years, flying around the country questioning passengers and security officers and recording everything from carry-on bananas to passengers who go mildly bonkers when their water bottles are confiscated. The answers she got are much more complex than she anticipated and involve a powerful combination of identity, emotion,

and history.

Redden met mission-oriented TSOs who described their job with reverent commitment and others who fit every lazy, deviant stereotype the media has to offer. And she ran into every type of passenger on the planet, from entitled business travelers to parents with toddlers to the hot mess, travels-once-a-year, can't-figure-out-how-to-get-through-the-security-checkpoint-without-crying flier. 101 Pat-Downs is the story of her research journey. Part confessional tale, part investigative research, and part light-hearted social commentary, it's Mary Roach meets David Graeber.

The book presents the inside scoop on airport security interactions using Redden's experiences and those of passengers and TSA agents. Along the way, she introduces common "characters" of airport security, humanizing the stereotypically gruff TSO and explaining why so many passengers feel nervous inside TSA checkpoints.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesTransport industriesAerospace & air transport industries Publisher: Potomac Books Inc Publication Date: 01/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9781640123625  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Shawna Malvini Redden is an award-winning writer, researcher with a doctorate in communication studies from Arizona State University. She is a professor of communication studies at Sacramento State University. She specializes in organizational and interpersonal communication research, and qualitative methods.

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