TSA Puts In Place New 'Enhanced' Pat Down

TSA Puts In Place New 'Enhanced' Pat Down”

To help curb the issue, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) has changed the policy of body searches for a more rigorous screening process.

"Due to this change, TSA asked [field security directors] to contact airport law enforcement and brief them on the procedures in case they are notified that a passenger believes a [TSA employee] has subjected them to an abnormal screening practice", the memo from the Airports Council International-North America reportedly said. "This includes head coverings and sensitive areas such as breasts, groin and the buttocks", the TSA said regarding its Pat-Down Screening instructions.

The TSA pat-downs will still be done by an officer of the same gender.

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The officers will focus on the body area that is highlighted by the security x-ray machine. That may well be necessary considering that one needn't have so much as a high-school diploma to get a job as a TSA screener, but it's hardly reassuring.

Hill opted for a pat-down in a private room and said it was time-consuming, but worth it for the safety of travelers.

Up to now, TSA agents have been able to choose among five different types of pat-downs depending on their assessment of the risk posed by each passenger.

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The TSA also recommends you empty everything out of your pockets into your carry-on bag - even your wallet -before you get to the checkpoint. The searches normally occur when an imaging scanner detects one or more unknown objects on a person or if a traveler declines to walk through the scanner and instead for the physical screening.

The new pat-down police has been phased in over the past two weeks. Passengers may also receive a pat-down as part of our unpredictable security measures. The use of security technology and physical screening measures is critical to mitigate threats.

The guidelines said the pat-down will be conducted by someone of the same gender as the passenger and will be witnessed by a second TSA screener of the same gender. Every single item out of my backpack, and they took the wand and they're swiping the wand with everything in the backpack, testing each one.

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Travelers may still request a private screening accompanied by a companion.

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