TSA can now require full body scans at airports

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Amid heightened concerns about terrorism, the TSA can now require full body scans for air travelers. Until now, passengers could opt for a physical pat down instead of going through advanced imaging screening.

Now, TSA agents can require a full body scan if security conditions call for it. The scans detect non-metallic weapons hidden under clothing, but also give agents a nude image of the passenger.

The TSA sent out a statement on the new requirements:

"Generally, passengers undergoing screening will still have the option to decline an AIT screening in favor of physical screening. However, some passengers will be required to undergo AIT screenings as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security."

The TSA also posted the updated security regulations that provide the details into the new screening requirements. Those regulations can be found here: http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-tsa-pia-32-d-ait.pdf