The Pappas family arrived in West Palm Beach for the holidays from Michigan on Thursday. While his wife and children went through the body scanners, Michael Pappas got the enhanced pat down by Transportation Security Administration officials.
"Well they are pretty personal," Pappas said. "They came in both in front and behind (the) legs and upper body, and it was much more significant as compared to the past security measures."
Allison Pappas said she wasn't too concerned.
But others are concerned about the new security measures being implemented at PBIA and other airports across the country.
The body scanners show an image of what people look like under their clothes, and the extensive pat downs are causing controversy.
Faced with a growing parental outcry, TSA this week modified its pat downs for children under 12. But the TSA isn't backing away from its security measures.
If a person gets in line and refuses to go through the body scanner or submit to a pat down, he or she could be detained.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said deputies won't necessarily arrest those individuals. Instead, each call would be conducted on a case by case basis to determine if a search is warranted.
"I think while there might be some minimal risk, I think the tradeoff is very much warranted," traveler Michael Guthrie said. "I am much more concerned about the risk to myself and my fellow travelers from being exposed to an event, a terrorist event."