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Pat down

Posted by Gabe on November 18, 2010 at 16:15

What's the origin and meaning of "pat-down" As in:
Airport 'pat-downs' cause growing passenger backlash By Derek Kravitz, Washington Post, November 13, 2010 Airport travelers call it groping, prodding or just plain inappropriate - a pat-down that probes places where the sun doesn’t shine. The Transportation Security Administration calls it the new reality of airport security.