12:33 AM, Apr. 23, 2012 |
Written by Coloradoan Staff
A TSA pilot program designed to limit pat-downs for passengers 75 and older has made its debut at the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport.
The Risk-Based Security Initiative is also at Denver International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Portland International Airport.
While the program would not completely eliminate pat-downs, organizers say the changes in protocol for elderly passengers could ultimately reduce the added security measure conducted to resolve “anomalies” detected during security screenings.
The modified procedures are similar to those tested and implemented in 2011 for passengers 12 and under.
They include on longer removing shoes and light outerwear, permitting a second scan through advanced imaging technology to clear any anomalies and greater use of explosives trace detection.
TSA officials say the procedures will allow officers to better focus their efforts on passengers who are more likely to pose a risk and expedite the screening process.
If successful, the program will be implemented more broadly.
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