TSA rolls out changes to pat-downs

09 March, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Lorraine Moran
  • TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson

Passengers will receive a pat-down by an officer of the same gender and can request private screening accompanied by a companion of their choice.

Passengers are typically patted down if they set off the metal detector.

He continues, "I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn't involved will notice that the [new] pat-down is more involved".

The agency has so far declined to explain what exactly the new procedures entail, with a spokesperson saying that publicizing details could "aid those who wish to do travelers harm". In a major study, undertaken by the agency itself in 2015, TSA agents missed 95% of the weapons, explosives, and contraband items placed into passenger luggage.

A seasoned traveler flying to Egypt last Thursday was told by an agent about the new pat-down which "would involve more intense horizontal and vertical pat down" to look for concealed weapons that people typically hide in their trousers.

Next time you head to the Indianapolis International Airport you might notice the TSA officers are a little more "intimate" at the security checkpoint.

The new policy went into effect March 2.

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"It's needed. Whatever TSA is going to do I'm in support of it".

Two million people are screened by TSA daily throughout airports nationwide.

The TSA won't reveal specific procedures on how its pat-downs are conducted beyond the general information on its web site. However, WLS noted, "some passengers are not convinced". However, in some cases, additional screening involving a sensitive area pat-down with the front of the hand may now be done to determine that a threat does not exist, according to the TSA website.

Those selected for pat-downs will go through a comprehensive physical screening, which will include more rigorous searches that will be more thorough and intimate than before. Pilots and flight attendants had been able to undergo expedited security checks since 2010, thanks to pressure from the pilots' union. "I would not get on the plane if someone violated my personal space to a point where it made me uncomfortable", she said.

But does the new procedure really make flying safer? The agency is tightening their rules to improve security. Even passengers who normally receive expedited screening, such as TSA Pre✓®passengers, may at times receive a pat-down.

Twitter user JE Gallagher, the associate executive producer of the No Agenda podcast, tweeted that the TSA's latest move is "pure theater to groom Americans to accept tyranny", asking, "When was the last [time] they [the TSA] prevented a terrorist plot?"

But the agency does expect some passengers to consider the examination unusual.

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