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New TSA pat-downs may be a bit more intimate

New TSA pat-downs may be a bit more intimate

Bloomberg also reports that Denver International Airport told employees the new procedure "will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before". "This includes head coverings and sensitive areas such as breasts, groin, and the buttocks", according to the TSA website.

The agency says the new screening procedure is not expected to increase overall airport security delays though TSA pre-check passengers may also receive an enhanced pat-down. In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security tried to sneak 70 mock guns and explosives past agents, and 67 got through.

The new procedure has been described as "legalised groping" on Twitter.

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And for many travellers, it's going to mean a little extra personal attention from the TSA agents - or, in their own lingo, more "comprehensive" physical screening. The new standardized pat-down is already in effect at airport security checkpoints and at other locations within the airport. People who refuse standard screening, set off an alarm, or are randomly selected can be subject to additional screening, including pat-downs.

TSA public-affairs manager Nico Melendez told the Redding Record Searchlight there's another reason for the new policy: It "lessens the cognitive burden for our officers".

About 2 million people are subjected to TSA screens in the US, the report said.

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"At any time during the process, you may request private screening accompanied by a companion of your choice". Travelers routinely complain about screenings that they say cross a line.

The agency scans some 2 million people a day at airports nationwide, but they do not keep track of the number of people pulled aside for pat-downs.

"Sometimes it's random, sometimes they're consistent based on the door you enter", he said of the searches of workers with airport ID badges.

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