United States airports to impose more rigorous body checks
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 07, 2017,
Mar 07, 2017, 0:28
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.
"This was the most intriguing, intense and invasive pat-down I've had by the TSA since they came into existence", Stratte-MCClure said in an email to NBC News.
On the TSA website it now states that screeners "use the back of the hands for pat-downs over sensitive areas of the body".
Passengers have the right to request a private pat-down screening and ask to be accompanied by a companion of their choice.
"Effective March 2, 2017, TSA consolidated previous pat-down procedures into one standardized pat-down procedure at airport security checkpoints and at other locations within the airport", the TSA said in a statement. If CNN correspondent Angela Rye's recent experience is any indication, yeah, the new procedure does sound a lot more "involved".
TSA agents will now conduct a comprehensive pat-down that officials describe as "more rigorous", according to Bloomberg News.
Margerie Micklos, passing through Jacksonville International Airport from CT, said the TSA has gone as far as reaching inside her trousers during a security pat-down.
Pat-down searches usually occur for two reasons: a traveler refuses to walk through an imaging scanner or the scanner picks up on an unknown object.
The Transportation Security Administration is simplifying how its agents do physical security screenings. Alternatively, you can demand that the pat-down be held in public view. The TSA noted that there used to be five search options when a pat-down was being conducted.
Some worry that the new policy, or at least its rollout, could slow down security screenings in airports, leading travelers to miss their flights.
"Sometimes it's random, sometimes they're consistent based on the door you enter", he said of the searches of workers with airport ID badges.
Still, the pat-downs have always been disliked by travelers and a more rigorous, invasive search will not be liked by some.