The Transportation Security Administration is preparing to start requiring that passengers get through the metal detector before boarding a plane, but the agency isn’t quite ready to get rid of the pat-down.
The agency’s inspector general is reviewing whether the pat down is actually necessary and whether it can be done more easily.
The TSA has been working on a new policy for years that would require passengers to be screened more often.
The agency says the new policy will be rolled out next month.
But it’s unclear whether the TSA has finalized its own proposal for how it will implement the new pat-downs.
The inspector general’s review of the TSA’s new pat down policy is expected to be completed by next week.
In the meantime, TSA has proposed making all passengers undergo a pat-up at security checkpoints, instead of just passengers on flights.
The proposal also calls for screening passengers who arrive from countries with “low levels of domestic terrorism.”
The TSA’s current pat-Down policy would be a big improvement over the pat downs that are used by airlines and other travelers on international flights.
TSA has faced a lot of criticism for its pat downs, particularly for pat downs in New York and Chicago, where security measures are stricter than in the U.S. But critics have also accused the agency of using the patdowns to make people feel safer.TSA’s proposal comes at a time when passenger travel in the United States is up, as people take to the skies for the first time in years.
It also comes after a TSA pat- down in Boston in November, which resulted in a TSA officer being charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly patting down two people.