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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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