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New TSA screening procedures

November 18, 2010|Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

1. Passengers will be randomly directed to either a metal detector or a full-body scanning machine. Carry-on luggage will be sent through an x-ray machine, as usual.

2. Only passengers who refuse the body scan or who trigger an alarm in a metal detector will be subject to a pat-down.

3. The pat-down is conducted by a same-gender TSA agent. Agents have been instructed to use the open palms of their hands and fingers.

4. In addition, for women, TSA agents are instructed to pat around the edges of the bra area.

Source: Times reporting

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