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22-Nov-2010 1:02 PM

TSA refuses to change new screening rules at US airports

US Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole acknowledged that new full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs can be invasive and uncomfortable but stated the TSA will not change the new airport screening policies in a bid to stay a step ahead of terrorists (AP/Bloomberg, 21-Nov-2010). Under the new security rules, passengers who refuse full-body scans or who set off alarms during those procedures are required to undergo thorough pat-downs by security personnel. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama stated that he understands people's frustrations and has asked TSA officials whether there's a less intrusive way to screen US airline passengers

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