Screening Woes Grow

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Monday, November 22, 2010 - 4:29pm

Backlash against TSA pat-downs prompts review of policy, but no immediate change.

With a peak travel day looming Wednesday, the TSA is urging flyers not to protest
by refusing body scans and instead demanding time consuming pat-downs.

Many travelers are angry.

Bladder cancer survivor Tom Sawyer says his agent wouldn't listen when he tried to explain his medical condition.

The agent pressed too hard on a bag Sawyer wears to collect his urine and the bag leaked.

"This was so embarrassing and totally humiliating," Sawyer said. "I wasn't prepared."

Cellphone video shot Friday in Salt Lake City Airport shows a shirtless young boy being searched by TSA agents has gotten over a million hits on YouTube.

The TSA says the boy set off a metal detector and his dad pulled the shirt off so agents could better check him, but it upset some who watched.

The TSA says the public's getting a distorted view that most flyers are getting pat-downs when it's just one in every 100.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday the TSA is not backing down: The
TSA might refine its body scans and pat-downs, but will not drop them

"We've got to make sure that we are doing what we can and should to adequately screen passengers," she said.

Napolitano notes it was just last year's busy holiday season when the accused "Underwear Bomber" got on a plane with a bomb on his body.

The TSA says what's been learned since then is being applied now.
 

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