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.