TSA issues travel guidelines for holiday period

TSA issues travel guidelines for holiday period

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Santa Claus Larry Durian is screened by TSA agents before entering a secure area of the Akron Canton Airport Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 in Green, Ohio. Santa planned to spend seven hours at the airport greeting passengers for their customer appreciation day. (AP Photo/The Repository, Scott Heckel)

by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Dallas/Fort Worth International airport is expecting a 3 percent rise in holiday travelers this year.
That’s about 175,000 passengers a day, from now, through New Year’s.
It also means heightened security.
Many of the estimated three million passengers expected to pass through D/FW airport will be inexperienced travelers and families with children.
The Transportation Security Administration wants to demystify the high-tech screening technology that continues to make some people nervous, especially regarding the revealing image displayed to screeners.
“The image cannot be stored, transmitted or printed and is deleted immediately once viewed. Additionally, there is a privacy filter to blur all images,” said TSA federal security director, Cedric Alexander.
The technology is revealing enough to detect metallic and non-metallic threats.
TSA officials say the radiation from the unit is no more than a cellphone.
D/FW airport has installed several additional machines recently.
Passengers can expect random screening or they can opt-out for a pat-down.
But safety experts say the best security may be the traveling public: if you see something, you should report it.
TSA says passengers can reduce the chance of needing an additional security pat-down by taking everything out of pockets, before screening.
Also, avoid wearing clothes with high metal content and put jewelry on after you go through security.
E-mail: jstjames@wfaa.com

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