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What to Expect from Local Holiday Air Travel

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

It's business as usual at Tallahassee Regional Airport as terminal traffic flows and baggage claim carousels spin around.

But horror stories of security measures being 'too friendly' has the Transportation Security Administration defending its motion to require travelers to go through either an electronic body scanner or a "more thorough" pat down search.

Sari Koshetz TSA spokesperson says,"It is in the name of safety. We know we have a determined enemy out there and that we need to evolve our procedures and technologies to stay ahead of those who would do us harm."

The TSA admits the security measures are not perfect but help to keep the sky ways safe, and say many travelers are willing to comply. "We have found that more than 99% of the passengers that are asked to precede through the advanced imaging technology at any given check point are going through happily"

Only if a person declines a scan will they be subject to a pat down where officials are now asked to use palms and fingertips, even on sensitive body parts, instead of only the back of their hands to feel for hidden threats.

Jim Durwin, Tallahassee Regional spokesperson says, "We've got a great partnership with our local TSA folks here. our first concern is the safety and security of the folks coming through our airport and at the same time we want to make sure they have a great costumer experience."

The debate of invasion is still up in the air- with the TSA searching for the balance of personal privacy and safety and security.

Two house democrats on the Homeland Security Committee asked the TSA to reconsider the new security pat downs claiming they are too invasive and also want to TSA to supply all complaints they've had about the pat downs by December 1st


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