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  • March 28, 2017 | 133 (# of comments)
    ***Update*** When a pat-down is required, TSA can offer reasonable accommodations for individuals with sensory processing disorders or other conditions that sometimes result in pain when touched. However, those individuals still need to undergo a...
  • April 21, 2016 | 33 (# of comments)
    The first reaction many have when having their hair patted down during screening is to wonder what could be hiding in their hair. The second reaction possibly is “why me?”We regularly receive tweets such as the one below and wanted to help clarify...
  • April 24, 2012 | 196 (# of comments)
    I’ve seen some headlines stating that TSA Officers accused a 4-year-old child of having a firearm. This wasn’t the case, and I wanted to take a few moments to explain what happened.TSA has long had a security procedure where if somebody has contact...
  • January 23, 2012 | 210 (# of comments)
    Earlier today, Senator Rand Paul raised some questions about the screening process after going through one of TSA’s millimeter wave body scanners that use automated target recognition (ATR) technology. The ATR software displays the same generic...
  • December 04, 2011 | 187 (# of comments)
    You may have heard in the news about an elderly woman who is stating she was strip searched at New York's JFK airport by TSA officers. TSA contacted the passenger to apologize that she feels she had an unpleasant screening experience; however, TSA...
  • October 03, 2011 | 107 (# of comments)
    We do our best to treat passengers with the dignity and respect they deserve, but in Lori Dorn’s case, it looks like we missed our mark. We sincerely regret and apologize for the experience Mrs. Dorn had at JFK. The Federal Security Director for JFK...
  • September 14, 2011 | 44 (# of comments)
    We’ve been talking about risk based security a lot lately and it’s also been all over the news. Well, here’s more news! We’re going to start rolling out revised screening procedures for children 12 and under. The changes give Officers more options...
  • July 08, 2011 | 122 (# of comments)
    We’ve received questions this week about TSA’s screening procedures for hair after news reports today on this topic. As we’ve said many times before, TSA does not profile. It just doesn’t make good security sense.In this case, it was reported in the...
  • June 03, 2011 | 235 (# of comments)
    ***Update: 6/9/2011 - There have been many different interpretations of the photography portion of this post, so I wanted to clarify things a bit. We recognize that using video and photography equipment is a constitutionally protected activity...
  • May 27, 2011 | 1,033 (# of comments)
    ***Update: 5/27/2011 – Read this story in the Houston Chronicle for an update.***What's our take on the Texas House of Representatives voting to ban the current TSA pat-down? Well, the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2...

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