A TSA agent’s pat-down of a child at the Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans has caused a major uproar. This video, posted on YouTube, shows a female TSA agent explaining the security procedure to the child’s mother Selena Drexel, and then subjecting 6-year-old Anna to an intense pat-down. Todd Drexel, Anna’s father, says Anna started to cry afterwards.
Marjorie Esman, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, questioned why the child wasn’t taken to a private area and whether the screening was necessary. A TSA spokesman says after reviewing the incident that the agent did follow proper procedures.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, thinks a modified pat-down for children 12 and under may be necessary after a string of similar incidents. There’s no word yet if there are efforts underway to change airport screenings for children.
Worried about showing your skivvies and move to the TSA at the airport? Well, you’re in luck if you happen to be flying the friendly skies this month from Las Vegas, Atlanta or DC’s National Airport. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing new software at these airports to increase your privacy when passing through the dreaded Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines. Instead of showing a detailed image of each passenger, the new AIT software shows only a generic outline of a person with any potential threats flagged on the picture. This generic outline is the same for every traveler, and if you’re deemed clear by the auto-detection security software, the monitor simply shows an “OK.” It seems like a win-win situation—the same high level of security without publicizing your private parts!
Get the news directly from the TSA, and check out our tips for preventing an airport pat-down, unless, of course, you’re kind of into it.
There’s a new travel item that we thought you should know about. It’s underwear designed to hide your naughty bits during a full-body scan at the airport. That’s the good news if you don’t want TSA employees peeking at your nether regions. The bad news is that you could still get a pat-down (or grope-n-go, as I like to call it) to ensure that you’re not concealing a weapon, according to a post on the Transportation Security Administration’s blog.
In case you didn’t know, the underwear has been imprinted with a special ink that creates an opaque blur to help keep your private
parts private. The new undies, T-shirts and boxer briefs each cost about $15 — and that’s a pretty expensive pat-down in my book.
With or without the new undies, you’ll need to acclimate yourself with the most recent changes in airport security. So check out our slideshow of airport pat-downs and full-body scans.