The TSA has created a new, more invasive process for airport pat-downs.
For a long time officials had the options of 5 different types of physical pat-downs in the screening lines. The new method is supposed to streamline the whole process.
Those selected for a pat-down will be subject to more rigorous searches. According to a notice at Denver International Airport, the searches "will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before."
TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson said:
"I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn't involved will notice that the new pat-down is more involved."
So if you didn't notice your genitals being groped before, don't worry, you will now.
The change follows an audit done by Department of Homeland Security which found that the TSA agents across the country were failing to find handguns and other weapons.
The TSA failed 95% of airport security tests by undercover agents to successfully and repeatedly bring fake explosives and other banned weapons through checkpoints.
The new policy will also apply to pilots and flight attendants, who weren't scrutinized as much before.
The TSA really is a joke. It's the people who work for them that are the problem. These changes will do nothing, agents will still let weapons through, and the flying experience will become even more miserable.