pat down


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pat something down

to tap something down with the open hand. I heaped some soil over the seeds and patted it down. I patted down the soil.
See also: down, pat

pat down

v.
1. To flatten or mold something by tapping it gently with the hands or a flat implement: The baker patted down the dough with a rolling pin. We patted the clay down before shaping it.
2. To search someone or something with the hands, especially for weapons or illegal substances: The police patted down the suspect for guns. The customs officials patted us down.
See also: down, pat
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Nationwide, the TSA pat downs have sparked a firestorm of criticism, notably over cases that defied common sense.
During a recent flight, Broun said he saw TSA pat down an elderly person and a child, but not a man he himself deemed suspicious.
If you use a wheelchair (or scooter) and you cannot walk or stand, you'll receive a pat down while you sit in your wheelchair.
Members of Liberty Guard believe the invasive nature of the newly implemented Full-Body Scanners and the new "enhanced" pat downs are a violation of the 4th Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizure.
The Supreme Court ruled that the second pat down and the retrieval of the cigarette pack violated the Fourth Amendment as the search of Ybarra was not within the scope of the warrant and no independent grounds justified this intrusion.
Each day, Americans ignore millions of these alarms and warnings, such as college dorms' fire bells and drugstores' easily tripped theft devices, which are seemingly there only to give the cashiers another reason to glare at customers; it's not as if anyone's been hired to pat down an alleged Bic Lady Shaver thief.
Screeners will also be given more powers to carry out pat down searches on passengers and to check carry-on luggage.
The dog gave a positive alert for drugs and the arrestee was subjected to a pat down search and his visitor locker was searched.
While the Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable search and seizure, the courts allow a law enforcement agent who has "reasonable suspicion" of criminality but not probable cause enough leeway to stop a person and conduct a limited pat down.
Voluntary Screening: SmartCheck scan is a voluntary option for passengers undergoing secondary screening as an alternative to the pat down procedures currently conducted by Transportation Security Officers at the security screening checkpoint.
New York, Mar 28 (ANI): A woman in the US, who was left humiliated during an airport security pat down, has claimed that it felt more like fondling than frisking.
Advanced Imaging Technology ( AIT) machine scan or full body pat down
Any traveler who believes the TSA pat down has crossed into the widely reported groping of "sensitive" personal areas should take note of the TSA staffer's name and badge.
One of the officers conducted a protective pat down search for weapons because, in his experience, it was common for weapons to be in the vicinity of drug transactions.
SmartCheck scan is a voluntary option for passengers undergoing secondary screening as an alternative to the physical pat down procedures currently conducted by Transportation Security Officers at the security screening checkpoint.