TSA Head: Relatively Few Travelers Getting Pat Down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration says a very small proportion of airline passengers are being given pat downs at airports.

John Pistole also tells NBC's "Today" show that federal officials understand the delicate balance between safety and privacy.

Pistole reaffirmed TSA's commitment Sunday to review its policy
on pat downs, saying "obviously we have to take all factors into
consideration." But he also said those getting body searches
represent "a very small percent" of the 34 million people who
have flown since the new policy went into effect.

Pistole urged passengers unhappy with the policy not to "tie up people who just want to go home and see their loved ones."

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