The new TSA’s pat-down procedure has created a public outcry. Passengers, pilots and flight attendants are speaking out over this invasive pat down procedure, which has some calling it a form of sexual assault by the government. Passengers who opt out of TSA’s Advance Image Technology, better known as full-body scans, will be subject to a pat-down procedure.
These pat-downs consist of a TSA agent using the palms of his hands to slide down nearly the entire surface of a passenger’s body. Pat-downs are all-inclusive; even children are not exempt from this procedure.
On Tuesday, TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee said in a statement “After a thorough risk assessment and after hearing concerns from parents, we made the decision that a modified pat-down would be used for children 12 years old and under who require extra screening.” Thankfully, children will not be subject to such intrusive touching. Unfortunately, everyone else will still have to undergo TSA’s controversial pat-down.
According to TSA, these pat-downs help to screen for new trends of nonmetallic items like weapons or explosives that a terrorist may attempt to bring on an airplane. But how far will TSA go to prevent terror attacks? Thomas Mollman, a passenger who traveled through the Fort Lauderdale Airport, said that a male TSA officer “…put his hands between my underwear and my skin, you know and did a 360 all the way around touching certain sensitive points in the back and in the front.” Stories like this one are popping up all over the Internet.
In a viral cell-phone video recorded by a man at a San Diego airport, a TSA agent can be heard describing that he would have to do a groin check on the passenger by using the palm of his hand to slowly go up and down his inner thigh, being subject to this procedure twice in the front and twice in the back.
TSA believes that these new pat-downs are necessary and seem to be firm on their stance on the current procedures. Even if passengers go through the AIT body scan, they may still be subject to a pat-down. If, after screening, an item on the body poses a red flag, passengers would then have to endure the new pat-down procedure to dispel any security concerns.
To prevent issues like this, passengers should remove everything from their pockets prior to being scanned. Items like body piercings, belt buckles, loose change and under-wire bras may cause additional screenings. Loose-fitting clothing and religious garments that are big enough to possibly hide a prohibited item may also lead to a pat-down.
Passengers should also take note that same-gender TSA officers should do the pat downs, they are allowed to be patted down privately and they may have a friend with them at a private screening.
When it’s all said and done, “If you refuse both, you can’t fly,” says TSA.
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