14-Apr-2011 4:24 PM

TSA reviews air passenger screening after young girl frisked at checkpoint

US Transportation Security Administration announced plans to review passenger screening procedures for young children after an uproar over a TSA screener giving an enhanced pat-down to a six-year-old girl at New Orleans Airport (The Washington Post, 13-Apr-2011). Part of the review includes finding ways to “improve the screening experience for low-risk populations, such as younger passengers”, stated TSA spokesperson Nick Kimball. The TSA has maintained the officer followed proper current screening procedures. TSA Administrator John Pistole is considering the concept of a "trusted traveller" programme which would speed passengers through checkpoints if they are willing to provide detailed personal information in advance.