We constantly wonder how many of the TSA's problems could be solved if they treated the employees better and were able to retain more qualified, competent workers.
What to Know Now
Happy new year business travelers. While you were spending time with your loved ones over the holidays, the Transportation Security Agency was updating its policy on checkpoint body scans, making it mandatory — at their discretion — to participate. This means that if you were the opt-out sort of person before and if agency disagrees they can force you to take the scan. Or miss your flight.
Details and reach of the update are still a bit sketchy, but it seems to be aimed at a tiny fraction of travelers that the TSA urgently wants to scan. For most people, the option to opt-out should still be in place.
Still, it’s a curious amendment to make to a rule with not a lot of details surrounding it. Hugo Martin over at the Los Angeles Times has the full details.
Social Quote of the Day
.@RepPeteKing on @TSA making body scanners mandatory: Too much has gotten through. Inspections have not been effective enough.
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