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Allen West: Gov't Should Have 'Put Out... Feelers' On TSA Pat Downs

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West also said that Israel had "very good" security procedures and that the TSA procedures could become a bigger issue with the holiday season. He also defended alternative procedures which have been called profiling as "trend analysis."

Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have said in recent days that they understand the frustration of passengers who have to submit to the procedures before flying.

"I understand people's frustrations. And what I've said to the TSA is that you have to constantly refine and measure whether what we're doing is the only way to assure the American people's safety. And you also have to think through are there ways of doing it that are less intrusive," Obama said.