To the chagrin of freedom lovers nationwide, the Transportation
Security Administration is not only increasing its militant efforts
at the airport, but doing so in a disturbingly intrusive way. According
to a law enforcement official at the TSA, security officials will
be changing their traditional hand pat-down at the airport to a
CBS News explains, “Pat-downs are used when something on the
passenger sets off the metal detector, when the imaging technology
detects something suspicious on the passenger and when the passenger
opts out of the electronic screening methods.”
TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee claims that the administration conducts
regular reviews and updates on screening procedures, and asserts
that screeners will use both methods of pat-downs to help detect
hidden weapons or explosives.
She also indicates that the pat-down will continue to be performed
by screeners who are of the same gender as the passenger, and would
not go into further detail on the differences between the pat-down
“Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix
of security layers that include [sic] explosives trace detection,
advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others.”
One anonymous law enforcement official, however, admitted that
the new hand-sliding technique is already in use at some airports.
CBS News reports, “Counterterrorism officials say commercial
aviation continues to be an attractive target for terrorists and
terror operatives are constantly trying to find ways to evade security.”
The TSA has faced harsh criticism from a variety of groups opposed
to the measures it has taken under the guise of security.
Even European officials joined the fight against the TSA. British
Airways Chairman Martin Broughton accused the United States of making
inane demands on airport passengers, such as the removing of shoes
and separate examinations of laptop computers.
He declared, “Europe should not have to kowtow to the Americans
every time they want something done to beef up security on U.S.-bound