TSA Changes Policy on Full-Body Screening of Passengers

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A TSA officer demonstrates the use of full-body scanners at Ontario International Airport. The TSA can now require passengers to go through the scanner even if the passengers asks for a pat-down search instead. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Under a new policy for screening airline passengers, Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport can now require that you go through a full-body scanner even if you ask for a pat-down search instead.

The change in policy that began this month means that airline passengers can still ask TSA officers for a pat-down search instead of having to go through a full-body scanner that uses millimeter wave technology to disclose weapons hidden under clothing.

But the TSA officers now have to right to deny your request for a pat-down search “if warranted by security considerations.” If you refuse to go through the full-body scanner, the TSA can keep you from boarding your flight, according to the federal agency.

A Dec. 18 memo from the Department of Homeland Security that outlines the change in policy does not give a reason for the change.

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