ACLU questions 'enhanced patdown' of air travelers

BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is questioning the propriety of stepped-up security checkpoint procedures at airports in Boston and Las Vegas.

The Boston Herald reports that Transportation Security Administration screeners at Logan International Airport are testing what one official called an "enhanced patdown." It lets screeners use a palms-forward, slide-down search procedure on
passengers' bodies.

It replaces the old back-of-the-hand patdown for passengers who don't want to go through full-body scanning machines.

The TSA says the new procedure is also being tested at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas before a national rollout.

The ACLU questions whether the new technique is effective enough to justify what it calls a "seemingly constant erosion of privacy."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-08-21-ACLU-patdown_N.htm

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Comment by Nikki on August 25, 2010 at 8:51pm
Lauren, they won't be too happy if they think we are enjoying it - lol.
Comment by Nikki on August 24, 2010 at 10:43pm
Those pervs will try to make it extremely difficult for you to refuse the naked body scanners.
Comment by Nikki on August 24, 2010 at 8:49pm
I thought only women TSA could patdown/search women and men TSA could patdown/search men?

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