The holiday travel season is upon us. Between booking travel, buying gifts and organizing the family, who’s got time to even think about the latest airport security procedures? But if you’ve been hearing the word "pat-down" in the news -- yes, it means what you think it means.

Before you cancel your plane tickets and swear off flying forever, here’s the quick rundown on what to expect, your choices and ways to make the airport security process as stress-free as possible:

For the full article on, see Full-Body Scanners and "Friendly" Pat-Downs: How to Negotiate Airport Security.

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