Since everyone seems to have an opinion about the airport pat-downs, here's mine --
Why not let those people getting patted down choose whether they want it done by a man or a woman? I know I certainly don't want some guy feeling ME up. If it's going to be done, I'd rather it was done by a woman, regardless of how unattractive or overweight she is.
And I'm sure there are women who would rather be felt up by a man.
(Of course I'm sure Lesbians and homosexual men would just as soon have it done by their particular gender).