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AskTSA: What to expect during pat-down screening

AskTSA: What to expect during pat-down screening

AskTSA: What to expect during pat-down screening

As one of many security measures, pat-down procedures are used to determine if prohibited items or other threats to transportation security are concealed on the person. Learn about what to expect if you receive pat-down screening.