TSA rolls out new, 'more intimate' pat-downs - Tucson News Now

TSA rolls out new, 'more intimate' pat-downs

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Transportation Security Administration has quietly rolled out a new, “enhanced” pat-down procedure for screening fliers at U.S. airports, after a study showed weaknesses in airport security.

The new procedure, which began March 2, includes “enhanced security measures” to replace several pat-down strategies previously used.

In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security secretly tested airports across the nation.

Undercover employees smuggled weapons through TSA security.

The study revealed that TSA officers failed to find 67 out of 70 concealed weapons -- a 95 percent failure rate.

The new pat-down procedure is a direct response to the failed test.

Officials with the TSA were not able to go into detail where agents will be allowed to touch, but it may include sensitive areas such as breasts, buttocks and groin area.

Similar pat-downs with the front of the hand may also be done on what the TSA calls “Limited Cases."

Last year, TSA agents at the Tucson Airport screened 1,739,157 passengers.

They found 16 weapons.

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