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“I understand how difficult it is, and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it,” she told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

And to David Gregory on NBC’s "Meet the Press" she said: “Everyone, including our security experts, are looking for ways to diminish the impact on the traveling public…. I am absolutely confident that our security experts are going to keep trying to get it better and less intrusive and more precise.”

In response to terrorist threats, the TSA now gives airline passengers two choices: Get a full-body scan using low-dose radiation that shows a naked image – everything from head to toe. Or refuse the scan and have a stranger run his or her hands over every part of your body.

Obama and Secretary Clinton may understand and sympathize with what seems to many airline passengers to be a no-win choice – made worse by recent stories of highly embarrassing episodes involving individuals with medical situations. And there still are questions about the safety of being exposed to radiation no matter how slight; experts differ on the subject.

But for now – and certainly through the Thanksgiving holiday – the security regimen will remain in place.

“We’re not changing the policies,” TSA administrator John Pistole said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Clearly it’s intrusive. It’s not comfortable. It really comes down to what is that balance between privacy and security.”

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