PHOTO: The pat-down is getting more intense. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
The airport pat-down may be a little more intimate, according to a Bloomberg report.
“The new physical touching — for those selected to have a pat-down — will be what the federal agency officially describes as a more 'comprehensive' physical screening, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesman,” reports Justin Bachman.
The searches are said to be more “rigorous” and “involve more contact” than previous pat-downs.
“I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn’t involved will notice that the [new] pat-down is more involved,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson told Bloomberg.
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The new procedures have been deemed necessary based on a 2015 report that states TSA officers failed to find weapons during inspections.
While the new screenings are said to be more physical, they should not create delays at airport security.
For more on the new procedures, read on here.