Well, it seems that TSA has once again gone and changed things up. This time it has to do with the dreaded secondary search aka “The Pat-Down”. TSA’s website outlines this procedure as.
TSA officers use the back of the hands for pat-downs over sensitive areas of the body. In limited cases, additional screening involving a sensitive area pat-down with the front of the hand may be needed to determine that a threat does not exist.
A second officer of the same gender will always be present during a private screening.
I guess that government agencies are free from collusion.
Bloomberg reported that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent a security notice to members offering a vague description of the new procedure.
Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives.
This sounds like “cuppage“ to me, so please buy me dinner first!
Here is the best part,
“Due to this change, TSA asked FSDs [field security directors] to contact airport law enforcement and brief them on the procedures in case they are notified that a passenger believes a [TSA employee] has subjected them to an abnormal screening practice,” ACI wrote.
You’re telling me that this new TSA procedure is so badly thought out, that you need to prep law enforcement about it.
Even with TSA PreCheck I often am patted down. There’s something about my left arm that gets flagged by the body scanner. If this now means I get a private screening with “Charlie Cuppage” he better be buying me dinner first and I eat a whole lot.