TSA says that full body scans will now be mandatory

March 18th, 2010 - 12:28 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

scan Washington DC, Mar 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Transportation Security Administration has announced that there are plans in the pipeline, to make the full body scans of passengers compulsory. Earlier there were reports that full body scans could be avoided, if the passenger was not willing, and instead that passenger could be searched by a pat down. But now the TSA has gone back on their earlier stand, and made it very clear that the full body scans are now compulsory.

In early March the TSA had announced that if the passenger didn’t want to suffer the humiliation of a full body scan, then they could be searched by a thorough pat down, which might also include a cheek swab test, to examine for traces of explosives.

As a precautionary measure in early January, the TSA had also banned passenger communications on all flights entering the United States from foreign countries. Air-borne passengers are also required to remain in their seats for up to an hour or more before landing. The new restrictions followed requests from airline operators to give more power to aircrews more effectively against the risk of a terrorist attempt while airborne.

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