Flying with a gun? It looks like you are going to have to get to the airport a lot earlier now. What do you think of these new pat downs? Do you think they are unnecessary or is it okay as long as people are safe?
United States TSA officials have created a new, more invasive process for physical pat-downs in airport security.
The new process will be more streamlined, in that officials have for a long time had the options of using five different types of physical pat-down in the screening lines.
Those selected to have a pat-down will go through a ‘comprehensive physical screening,’ which will include more rigorous searches that, according to a notice at Denver International Airport, ‘will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before’.
Speaking to Bloomberg, TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson said: ‘I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn’t involved will notice that the new pat-down is more involved’.
This will represent a shift from the previous risk-based assessment on which pat-down procedure an officer should apply.
The TSA screens about 2million people daily in the United States, but doesn’t track how many passengers receive pat-downs after passing through an imaging scanner.
Many passengers may find the new pat-down more intrusive, but it is not expected to increase overall security delays.