Travelling soon? Well, things may not seem as familiar to you. The TSA has recently introduced a new, more invasive pat-down procedure, causing some travelers to ask some questions. The TSA goes as far to warn local police departments that they may see an influx of reports related to these fine toothed examinations.
The TSA is calling the pat-down “comprehensive,” while others are calling it groping. The plan, though, is to concise the now 5 various pat methods into one all-encompassing procedure. On the TSA website it currently states that screeners “use the back of the hands for pat-downs over sensitive areas of the body. In limited cases, additional screening involving a sensitive area pat-down with the front of the hand may be needed to determine that a threat does not exist.” However, security screeners will now use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if a prior examination hints at possible explosives on the person, claiming more “intimate contact than before.”
ACI wrote that due to this change, TSA asked FSDs [field security directors] to contact airport law enforcement and brief them on the procedures in case they are notified that a passenger believes a [TSA employee] has subjected them to an abnormal screening practice.
But, will the average traveler really notice a difference?
“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,” a TSA spokesman elaborates.