A new TSA policy change that was released last week is sure to bring controversy with it.
The policy, that was released on Dec. 18, states that passengers may no longer opt out of pat down security screening if they are “Passengers warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security”.
The TSA didn’t state the method they would use to select these passengers.
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Essentially they are attempting to safeguard airline passengers from hidden threats. Ones that could be missed by traditional pat downs.
The current scanners TSA uses only show an outline of a sexless person and not an outline of the passenger being scanned. The TSA also says that the scanners only show an area of the body that should be checked by officers, and that the images are not stored after the scan.
Officers say to leave some extra time as you head to the gates this holiday season as the new guidelines could cause some delays.
See the full release here: https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-tsa-pia-32-d-ait.pdf