TSA New Comprehensive Security Pat-downs
The Transpiration Security Administration is implementing a new security procedure at US airports that, according to the a recent report from Reuters, “was is partly a result of the agency’s study of a 2015 report that criticized aspects of TSA screening procedures. That audit, by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, drew headlines because airport officers had failed to detect handguns and other weapons.”
What does this mean?
If, after going through the digital imaging scanner at the airport and one or more unidentified objects are seen by the screeners, the passenger will have to go through a secondary screening. This involves a pat-down. Up to now, there were several types of pat-downs that the screeners could perform. Now, they will have a single type of pat-down that is more comprehensive, and may feel much more intrusive.
What can you do?
- If you feel uncomfortable getting pat-down in public, you may ask to have it performed in a private area, and include a witness if you want.
- To speed through security, here are some best practices
- Dress lightly – consider wearing a short or long sleeved shirt, jeans or other pants without a belt and slip-on shoes.
- Put everything you have in your pockets in your carry-on before getting to the security line. Make sure your wallet, purse, cell phone, ID and boarding passes are in your carry-on also, instead of putting them on a separate bin (as long as you have room in your carry-on)
- If you have to wear a medicated patch, and if possible, leave them off until you get through security. If you have to wear it all the time, please let the screening agent know before you step into the scanner.
- Get Pre Check. It cost $85, but after a 5 minute online form, a background check and a brief interview, you will be speeding through the faster security lanes at the airport.
Remember, the TSA is there to keep us safe, and their job is essential. Help them out by following directions and giving them a big smile and a thank you every time you go through security.
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