Just be prepared. The TSA is now conducting “comprehensive” pat-downs for all passengers who require a pat-down. Previously, the agent was permitted to self-assess the risk, and chose among five different type of pat-downs. Now, they only have one choice…”comprehensive.” Legalized groping some are calling it.
The New American reports – Just when you thought the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) passenger-screening procedures couldn’t get any worse, they did. As of Thursday, the agency is now conducting “comprehensive” pat-downs on all passengers who require pat-downs.
Up to now, TSA agents have been able to choose among five different types of pat-downs depending on their assessment of the risk posed by each passenger. As of March 2, however, they have had only one choice, which TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson told Bloomberg is more “comprehensive” than previous pat-downs. A TSA statement reported by Chicago’s WLS says the new procedure “does not involve any different areas of the body than were screened in the previous standard pat-down procedure” — cold comfort given that the previous procedure already involved all parts of the body, including the breasts, buttocks, and genitals.
“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,” said Anderson.
One passenger who noticed was Joel Stratte-McClure, a travel writer from Redding, California, who blogged about his experience with the new procedure. Departing from Redding Municipal Airport on his way to Egypt, Stratte-McClure was subjected to a pat-down, which he said is normal because of the “permanent gold bracelet” he wears on his wrist. According to Stratte-McClure, the TSA agent who performed the search — one of “14 agents for fewer than five departing flights a day” — told him he was “not going to like the new pat-down regulations,” and indeed he didn’t, referring to it on Twitter as “groin scrutiny.” (Other Twitter users were even blunter, calling it “legalized groping.”)
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