March 31, 2015
Airline passengers should be prepared for new security measures at the airport. Today is the first day that three new screening procedures have been implemented, and that meant long lines at the security checkpoints.
First, in addition to some shoes, passengers are now required to remove any outer jackets--including sport coats and windbreakers. Second, if a passenger is pulled aside for secondary screening--as 15% of people are--they will receive an extra patdown. Finally, the TSA will be using an "explosive trace detection" device to swab passengers' bags for potentially explosive material...a request from the 9/11 Commission.
Despite the extra minutes the screening adds to a passenger's wait time, most we talked to were happy to put safety first.
The TSA reminds people that these security changes are part of the evolutionary process for screening, and intend to respond to the safety needs in our world today.