It is not just locker room talk: Donald Trump’s Transportation Security Administration has adopted a new, highly invasive pat down procedure for passengers at U.S. airports that will permit TSA agents to conduct an “enhanced” pat down of the groin, buttocks, and breasts of travelers.
Reports the LA Times, “the TSA on Thursday began using a ‘universal pat-down’ procedure that includes ‘enhanced security measures’ to replace several pat-down tactics used in the past.” According to Bloomberg, the new search technique is designed to be a more “comprehensive” screening than the previous search techniques used.
In case there was any doubt about what TSA agents have in mind, the Washington Post describes the new guidelines as “explicit”, quoting from the TSA’s own website as follows: “A pat-down may include inspection of the head, neck, arms, torso, legs, and feet. This includes head coverings and sensitive areas such as breasts, groin, and the buttocks. You may be required to adjust clothing during the pat-down. Pat-downs require sufficient pressure to ensure detection.”
Supposedly, the enhanced pat down will most frequently be conducted on those travelers who decline to undergo the technology-based imaging searches. However, even frequent travelers and members of the TSA PreCheck program will be subject to search, according to the Washington Post.