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On Monday, TSA says it chose to inform local police of the new pat-down in case a passenger calls to report "abnormal" federal frisking, Bloomberg reports, but the agency has declined to say exactly where-and how-employees will be touching air travelers.

Up to now, TSA agents have been able to choose among five different types of pat-downs depending on their assessment of the risk posed by each passenger.

The policy change comes after TSA agents failed to uncover concealed mock weapons and explosives in 95 percent of internal tests in 2015.

Some twitter users criticised the new system, calling it "legalised groping".

The agency is now proactively warning airport officials that people might find these new patdowns odd, notifying employees of "more rigorous" searches that "will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before".

The agency said the new security procedure will take longer but claimed that somehow won't cause delays overall.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has already been accused of touching passengers in ways that would land other people in jail.

The TSA screens about 2 million people every day at US airports and says it doesn't track how many passengers are patted down after passing through the imaging scanner. TSA rolled out the new procedures to better search for threats at airports.

The TSA screens some 2 million travelers across the nation each day. Individuals transiting the TSA security checkpoint who have opted out of technology screening, or alarmed the technology or a canine team, will undergo a pat-down.

Anderson also commented on the secrecy of the new procedure, and why it hadn't been made public, saying, "Knowing our specific procedures could aid those who wish to do travelers harm in evading our measures".

"Sometimes it's random, sometimes they're consistent based on the door you enter", he said of the searches of workers with airport ID badges.


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