12:33 AM, Apr. 23, 2012 |
TSA pilot program designed to limit pat-downs for passengers 75 and
older has made its debut at the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport.
Risk-Based Security Initiative is also at Denver International Airport,
Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Orlando International Airport and
Portland International Airport.
the program would not completely eliminate pat-downs, organizers say
the changes in protocol for elderly passengers could ultimately reduce
the added security measure conducted to resolve "anomalies" detected
during security screenings.
The modified procedures are similar to those tested and implemented in 2011 for passengers 12 and under.
include on longer removing shoes and light outerwear, permitting a
second scan through advanced imaging technology to clear any anomalies
and greater use of explosives trace detection.
officials say the procedures will allow officers to better focus their
efforts on passengers who are more likely to pose a risk and expedite
the screening process.
If successful, the program will be implemented more broadly.
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