The TSA typically uses five methods to physically search people who volunteer to be searched or anyone who is found necessary to be searched. Now, the TSA has done away with the previous approach and has found a new ‘comprehensive’ method that they know will make passengers feel uncomfortable, to the point that the TSA has warned the police that they may be ‘receiving phone calls’ about the searches. The TSA has not released information about what exactly the new pat-downs will involve as they are trying to keep the procedure somewhat of a mystery so that people will not try and get out of it. On top of being extremely invasive, this new process is going to slow the search teams at the airports down.
From The Blaze:
“Passengers who have not previously experienced the now standardized pat-down screening may not realize that they did in fact receive the correct procedure, and may ask our partners, including law enforcement at the airport, about the procedure,” Anderson wrote in an email to Bloomberg on Friday. This decision to intensify the searches came after a 2015 report critical of the TSA drew attention to its failure to prevent weapons from passing through their checkpoints.