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By Chris Conte

Passengers prepare for stepped up security


ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT)- Outrage is growing at some of the nations busiest airports as passengers say some security pat downs have gone too far but security officials aren't budging on their procedures.

"I'm afraid people are going to bring things on the plane they shouldn't, so I agree with the pat downs," said Jeff Brazenor who was flying home to Philadelphia through Rochester's International Airport Monday afternoon.

"I do see people getting pulled aside for pat downs but I don't think anybody should raise and eye to it," the father of two added.

According to the TSA only 1 out of every 100 airline passengers receive a controversial pat down and officials say travelers are only subject to those searches in they refuse a full body scanner or fail a metal detector screening.

"I was afraid that if I said anything that one maybe they'd arrest me, wouldn't let me fly," says Michigan resident Tom Sawyer.

Sawyer says officials broke open his external catheter filled with urine during a pat down in Detroit a few weeks ago.

"They just started telling me what the procedures were, they wouldn't listen to my separate requests to tell them what was going on," Sawyer says about the incident.

The TSA Monday stuck to their guidelines, reminding travelers it's all in an effort to thwart would be terrorists.

"We've gotta make sure we're doing what we can and should to make sure we're adequately screening passengers," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

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