The Transportation Security Administration has new rules regarding security screenings at airports across the country.
The rules for airport security have changed drastically over the last 15 years. From bagging liquids to removing shoes, every time people get used to security protocols they are updated. Now, the TSA is modifying them again.
“I feel safer here than most places. More safe here than the highway,” said Larry Sullivan who was flying out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Saturday.
Those who used to opt for a pat down, could be mandated to go through Advanced Imaging Technologies, also known as body scanners. Most travelers don't seem too concerned about the new rules.
“A body scanner I have no problem with. A body scanner, I prefer the body scanner because it's quick and easy. It's a quick, easy scan, but if they did a pat down it takes much longer,” Larry’s wife Carla Wood said.
“I actually prefer to get body scanned versus a pat down. I find the body scan to be a little less personal and I don't really like to be touched by strangers, so it works pretty well for me,” said Bruce Kornfeld who was also at the airport Saturday.
TSA says the changes are "warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security." The agency feels like they can detect potentially hazardous objects more easily by using the scanners rather than physically searching passengers.
“I trust computers and electronics more than people, because people can miss things,” Bruce said.
“I think the scans are more accurate and I don't think they take that long, so I don't think it will make that much of a difference,” Bruce’s daughter, Kyra Kornfeld, said.
However, some people are concerned about what the mandate could mean for those with a physical disability.
“I don't know. I feel like people who have some sort of handicap should be allowed to get a pat down if that’s what they want, but, I think, for the majority of people, getting scanned is a better option,” said Kyra.
The new rules went into effect earlier this week just as many people were getting ready to travel for the holidays. TSA started using full body scanners in 2007.