Airport Security Measures Concern Travelers

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

It's the talk of the town, or at least with those people flying in and out of it.

"It's not a dignified process anyway, you have to take off your belt and your shoes," Hugh McManus, an air traveler at Capital Region International Airport, said.

Aiport screening has evolved since 911, but it's the newest changes, body scanners that don't leave much to the imagination, and the more thorough pat downs from TSA workers that's created controversy.

The game changed when the so-called underwear bomber got through security last Christmas, the TSA director said so, too, should security.

"We want to make sure the passengers who go through the screening know, that everyone else on the plane has gone through a thorough screening as well," John Pistole, the director of the TSA, said last week.

The Capital Region International Airport does not have the body scanning machines, but TSA workers do follow the new rules.

"The new thorough pat downs are in place here and at airports our size," Director Robert Selig said.

News Ten talked to a few people at the airport Monday who didn't seem to mind the beefed up security measures.

"It's a legitimate argument about what helps and what doesn't, but I'm willing to trust [the TSA] on that," McManus said. "For me, security is the most important."

The TSA Director acknowledged passenger concerns this week, but said the rules aren't changing any time soon. As of now , the only recourse for passengers is to try to be more prepared when they head to the airport.

"If you fail to take off your watch or take your cell phone out of your pocket and you walk through the detector, there's no going back," Selig said. "That's when you will have to go through the more intensive search."

Selig said if you follow the TSA rules to a 'T' you might be able to avoid the pat down, at least locally. He can't speak for other airports across the country.

Selig said the airport will be sending out notices about what is allowed in carry-ons, and what isn't, to members, and to the regional business community. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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