TSA Explains New Screening Methods

BOSTON (CBS) –  New, tougher screening procedures are in place at Logan International Airport and at airports  around the country.  They involve  full body scans or aggressive pat-downs.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano calls the procedures safe and necessary sacrifices to ward off terrorist attacks.

The scanners show a body’s contours on a computer stationed in a private room removed from the security check points. A person’s face is never shown and the person’s identity is supposedly not known to the screner reviewing the images.

Under TSA rules, those who decline must submit to pat-downs that include checks of the inside of travelers’ thighs and buttocks.

Annoyance at security hassles has been on the rise among airline crews and passengers for years, but the widespread use of full-body image detectors this year and the simultaneous introduction of more intrusive pat-downs seems to have ramped up the frustration.

  WBZ Producer Jon MacLean speaks with George Naccara,  TSA’s Federal Security Director At Logan.

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  • Suzanne

    I have gone through the full body scanner and set off an alert. I am a breast cancer survivor who had a mastectomy so I have a prothesis. The prothesis set if off. I found the pat down to be offensive and do not want to go thru this everytime I fly. Some exceptions should be made. Maybe 2 different screening methods??? Something else????

  • Veteran

    As a former eight year federal TSA Officer, U.S. combat veteran for the Lebanon peacekeeping mission, and a Oklahoma City federal Murrah Building bombing rescue worker volunteer, I have to say that both TSA and DHS have a sharp eye on trying to insure everyone’s safety through evolving and enhancing both technology and anti-terror attack intelligence. Ever since 9-11, our nation continues to suffer one terror bombing attempt after another targeting the taking down of U.S. planes so as to kill their flight crews and passengers. I have seen firsthand the inconsoleable grief when murdering terrorists succeed in killing our citizens. When the bad guys kill you, there is no rewinding the tape of life. You are dead period and you aren’t coming back. Our government and the airline industry learned a brutal lesson in failed oversight of aviation security on 9-11, failing miserbally in their joint obligation to insure the safety of both flight crews and passengers. If you want to choose misplaced self righteous indignant privacy, over the more necessary safety of the majority, please by all means, roll the dice and go live somewhere else. Instead of continuely whining in a security underrmining fashion, please offer up some actual security enhancing solutions. The government already gave in to these same types of complaints, purposefully tamping down what TSA’s new body scanners can see when it scans you [and even publicly told the bad guys they did so] and you know where that got all of you??? The result is what you are now crying about as your ‘Outcry of the Month’…TSA’s subsequent need to make up for the agency’s foolish tamping down of the agency’s utilized full body’ scanner’s screeing capability. Now, because of that obvious security gap, you now face a very personal full body pat down that no TSA Officer in the country enjoys having to perform, but, that they all will do—because every single one of these brave Americans volunteered and swore an oath to give their life to protect all of yours. Gee whiz, give me a friggin break! This time, Boston’s top TSA boss, George Naccara, you got it right! Stand by your TSOs.

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