Back before PreCheck I used to opt out of the naked imaging scanners. I’d get a pat down.
The TSA employee called over to do it would offer me a private screening, but I’d turn that down. Then they’d explain what was going to come next, eventually noting they’d bring their hands up the inside of my leg “until they meet resistance.” Invariably they’d then ask if I have any sensitive areas? My reply was always, “only where you meet resistance.”
The TSA used to use 5 different types of pat downs with varying degrees of invasiveness and ‘intimacy’. Now they plan to use just a single style
The new physical touching—for those selected to have a pat-down—will be more invasive in what the federal agency describes as a more “comprehensive” physical screening, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesman.
Denver International Airport, for example, notified employees and flight crews on Thursday that the “more rigorous” searches “will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before.”
Denver screeners in particular should be thrilled, since that’s where they were caught manipulating the nude-o-scopes to ‘alarm’ so that they could fondle attractive passengers.
The new more intimate touching is going to be taken nice and slow, TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson said “for the person who gets the pat down, it will slow them down.”
The TSA is just now making this change as a reaction to its 95% failure rate detecting weapoins being exposed nearly two years ago. (Although of course a decade earlier the failure rate was revealed to be 91%.)
The change is partly a result of the agency’s study of a 2015 report that criticized aspects of TSA screening procedures. That audit, by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, drew headlines because airport officers had failed to detect handguns and other weapons.
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Tocqueville)
Of course if we want better security, random groping by one of the 20,000 TSA employees accused of misconduct isn’t how you get it. You need to separate regulation of security procedures from carrying out screening duties if you ever want to get accountability.