TSA to implement more invasive pat-down procedure
Beginning on Monday, travelers at airports will have to submit to a new pat down procedure that some say goes a little too far. The Associated Press reports that the Transportation Safety Administration has changed the traditional pat down to a hand-sliding motion.
Although the new method raises some concerns, officials stress that the more invasive techniques will be performed sparingly. Security guards will only search members of the same sex. Pat-downs have been used in the past after a passenger has set off a metal detector, if imaging technology identifies something on their person or if they refuse any electronic screening methods.
"Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others," TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee told the news source.
While the TSA defends their tactics, other passengers are not quite as excited about the change in policy. In some airports, the change has already started, as CNN employee Rosemary Fitzpatrick told her employers that she was taken aside after her underwire bra set off a metal detector. She was subjected to the the hand-sliding inspection and felt that it crossed the line, prompting her to write a strongly worded letter to the agency.
"I am appalled and disgusted at the new search procedures and the fact that passengers have not been made aware of the new invasive steps prior to entering the security area," she wrote, according to CNN.
Also starting on November 1 is another measure that makes it necessary for passengers to provide a long list of personal data when booking a flight. Airlines will need to collect full name, date of birth, gender and Redress Number.