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TSA Modifies Screening for Passengers 75 and Older

March 15, 2012 By: George Dooley Travel Agent

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports it will test modified screening procedures for passengers 75 and older. These new procedures include no longer removing shoes and light outerwear, permitting a second scan through advanced imaging technology to clear any anomalies, as well as a greater use of explosives trace detection, TSA says.

Beginning March 19, TSA will test these measures at select security lanes at four airports: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): Security Checkpoint 3; Denver International Airport (DEN): South Checkpoint/USA Flag Checkpoint; Orlando International Airport (MCO): West Checkpoint and Portland International Airport (PDX): ABC Checkpoint.

TSA says these changes in protocol for passengers 75 and older could ultimately reduce – though not eliminate – pat-downs that would have otherwise been conducted to resolve anomalies.

The procedures allow officers to better focus their efforts on passengers who may be more likely to pose a risk to transportation while expediting the screening process, TSA says. If proven successful, TSA will consider broader implementation.


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By George Dooley | March 15, 2012
TSA changes for passengers 75 and older could ultimately reduce pat-downs.
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