- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged Wednesday that the new pat-downs are more invasive than what travelers were used to in the past.

Testifying before a Senate committee about the agency’s policies and procedures, TSA Administrator John Pistole said he has received the new pat-down, as has his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Some travelers complain that the new inspections target sensitive body areas. Mr. Pistole said he understands those privacy concerns, but said the government must provide the best possible security for air travelers.

The hearing was scheduled before the recent outrage about airport security pat-downs.


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