TSA Says Screenings Could Be Changed

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 9:02am

Secretary of State Clinton admits she wouldn't go through the screenings, and the head of the TSA does an about-face and says changing of procedures is possible.

Marlene McCarthy says she was humiliated at airport security. A cancer patient, she refused more radiation from the full body scanner and got this instead.

"Having the TSA agent then come and cup the breast prosthesis and move it around like to confirm it's really there, that was just too humiliating," said McCarthy.

TSA's chief says he understands public outrage over the aggressive new "hands forward" search, but he's trying to detect terrorists who hide bombs in their underwear.

TSA Administrator John Pistole said, "No, we're not changing the policies."

Hours later, he said those policies may change as conditions warrant.

Uncomfortable? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks so.

When asked on CBS’s Face The Nation, "Would you submit to one of these pat-downs?”
“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?" said Clinton.

Some passengers are urging an "opt out" holiday protest of airport security on Wednesday. But many believe it's a necessary invasion of privacy:

LAX Passenger Geof Totsch said, "If we go to cavity search with a rubber glove, I'll have a problem with that, other than that, let her go."

Congress wants to take a closer look at the procedure and TSA is the agency that should be doing it.

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