Entries in Advanced Patdowns (4)


Indian Ambassador Frisked by TSA

File Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Indian government is fuming this week after its ambassador to Washington was subjected to a TSA pat-down at a Mississippi airport.

"This is unacceptable to India," said External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, according to the BBC. "We are going to take it up with the U.S. government, and I hope things could be resolved so that such unpleasant incidents do not recur."

According to the Indian embassy in Washington, Ambassador Meera Shankar was selected for secondary screening Dec. 4 at the Jackson-Evers International Airport, where she was catching a flight to Baltimore after attending a conference at Mississippi State University.

"The U.S. State Department has reached out to the ambassador and has regretted what had happened," Virander Paul, a spokesman for the Indian embassy, told ABC News.

Some reports have suggested that Ambassador Shankar was selected for the hands-on pat-down because she was wearing a sari, a traditional Indian wrap-around dress. On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration defended the actions of its officers.

"After a review of this passenger's screening experience, we determined that the TSA officers followed proper procedure," the TSA told ABC News.

The State Department said today that it only recently learned of the incident and had not received a formal complaint from the Indian government.

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Report: Americans Value Safety over Privacy at Airports

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | Washington Post(WASHINGTON) -- Results from a recent poll by ABC News and The Washington Post say that Americans are in favor of the use of naked-image full-body X-ray scanners at airport security checkpoints by a two-to-one margin.

Despite the support for full-body scans, 50 percent of Americans polled said they are not in favor of aggressive pat-down procedures. Additionally, those who fly most frequently show the most opposition to the enhanced security checks.

Ultimately, those surveyed seemed to value safety over privacy.

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Obama: TSA Security Scans, Pat-Downs Necessary for Now

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LISBON, Portugal) --  President Obama said Saturday he understands Americans’ frustrations with what some have called invasive screening procedures conducted by the TSA throughout the nation's airports. The president, however, noted that the process is the best way right now to ensure their safety.

“What I’ve said to the TSA is that you have to constantly refine and measure whether what we’re doing is the only way to ensure the American peoples’ safety and you have to think through are there ways of doing it that are less intrusive?” he said.
President Obama said his counterterrorism advisors have told him that these procedures “are the only ones right now that they consider to be effective against the kind of threat we saw in the Christmas Day bombing.”

“Every week I meet with my counterterrorism team and I’m constantly asking them whether is what we’re doing absolutely necessary, have we thought it through, are there other ways of accomplishing it that meet the same objectives?” he said.

U.S. airline pilots learned Friday that they will be exempt from the invasive x-ray screening and pat-downs that have sparked a revolt across the country.

As of yet, there is no change in policy for regular travelers.

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Head of TSA Defends Advanced Pat-downs

Full Body Scans via Advanced Imaging Technology. Photo Courtesy - www dot TSA dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer more questions about subjecting airline passengers to enhanced pat-downs and Advanced Imaging Technology.

TSA Administrator John Pistole defended the enhanced pat-down policy and revealed that prior to signing off on the new procedures that allow screeners to use the front of their hands on sensitive areas of the body, he went through the screening himself.

Senator Byron Dorgan D-N.D. asked Pistole if the pat-down made him uncomfortable. "Yes," said Pistole, "it was clearly more invasive than I was used to."

As for why these pat-downs were put in place, Pistole said that a combination of intelligence and covert testing lead him to conclude that the TSA needed to be more thorough in their efforts. Regarding covert testing, Pistole told the Senate Commerce Committee, "one of the things they found as a common denominator was when…the covert testing was able to get through security, it was largely because we were not being thorough enough in our pat-downs."

The new TSA policy of screening passengers has come under fire on the Internet and in conservative media outlets. A California man's fuzzy cell phone video of his combative patdown by a TSA agent, and his exhortation to the screener not to touch "my junk" went viral.

Relatives of some of the Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks defended the scanners Tuesday.

"The biggest insult to those murdered on September 11, 2001 is to ignore the lessons we have learned to prevent future attacks," said Carie LeMack, a co-founder of the Global Survivor's network.

"I feel obligated to implore all those opposing aviation security measures to instead propose alternatives to ensure the safety and security of the flying public," said LeMack. "Simply complaining about current aviation security tactics is not enough -- to deny the evolving threat we face is foolish."

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