Government, industry seek ways to skip the airport pat-down Upset with being frisked and having a naked image taken of you at airports? http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/travel/2011-05-17-pat-down-alternatives-eyed_n.htm Increasingly, stringent air security screening methods such as these are under question. And they're not just being questioned by travelers upset at being groped. A consensus is building among the airline industry, business and leisure travel groups and even top government officials that something needs to change. The alternative they're looking to: traveler verification systems akin to trusted traveler programs, in which people's backgrounds are checked beforehand, and they verify who they are when they get ready to board a flight.