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Monday, June 27, 2011

TSA makes about-face on child patdowns

From AHN:
The Transportation Security Agency has revised its rules on patting down children, two months after it sparked international outrage by frisking a 6-year-old girl and defending the actions of its security personnel.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, TSA Administrator John Pistole said screeners would avoid patting down children and would use other means to resolve anomalies detected with young passengers.

Under TSA's policy, pat-downs are conducted after checkpoint alarms and if a person opts out of a full-body scan. The agency uses a modified pat-down for children younger than 12.

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