Until last week, air travelers could opt out of a full-body scan at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screening areas, instead choosing an enhanced pat-down.
TSA this afternoon sent a defiant holiday travel message to air travelers: Prepare to be patted down.
A full transcript is below.
But the video is telling. TSA Administrator John Pistole looks tense, sounds almost angry, and claps his hands twice — a sign of either nervousness, or defiance. I’m reading defiance into it.
This is his stand against the tsunami of public criticism over enhanced pat-downs. He is determined not to back down, even though many air travelers do not support the new procedures.
The Transportation Security Administration is fond of releasing surveillance video when it suits its purpose, like to debunk this woman’s claim that she was separated from her child at a checkpoint.
Then again, some passengers come to the airport looking for trouble. The TSA would like us to believe that Meg McLain was one such air traveler.