Airport Pat-Downs Get More Personal

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is changing the way it manually searches passengers.

Starting on October 29, 2010, the manual search will involve a slide of the hand compared to the pat down. TSA agents will use the front of their hands in searches, and the new process will include an agent running his or her hand up the inside of a passenger’s leg.

Pat downs are used on passengers who opt out of full-body scanner technology, as well as those that set off walk-through metal detectors or are selected for a random search. As of October 22, there are 317 fully-body scanners across the United States. TSA hope to have 450 installed by the end of the year.

For more information on the new TSA pat-down procedure, click here.

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