Enhanced Airport Pat-Downs Begin Today (Washington DC) October 29, 2010 -- Effective today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented a new style of pat-downs that is being described as more invasive and intrusive. A statement put out by TSA yesterday states that they are "in the process of implementing new pat-down procedures at checkpoints nationwide as one of our many layers of security to keep the traveling public safe. Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives. Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others." SALDEF is in communication with the TSA’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding these new protocols. We will update the community as soon as we get additional specific information. SALDEF Recommendations 1. If asked to be subjected to this new pat down scrutiny, YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK FOR A PRIVATE SCREENING 2. For women, we recommend wearing pants or other non-skirt attire while flying to ensure for appropriateness and to facilitate ease of being patted down. 3. Document any and all irregularities and report them to SALDEF and contact TSA directly. In regards to the new pat down screening protocol, SALDEF recommends the community take the following actions highlighted here. SALDEF encourages community members to immediately report any incidents they have with the new pat down procedures, especially when you feel you have been subjected to unfair treatment or racial profiling by TSA Officials by clicking here.