TSA To Try Easing Screenings For Passengers 75 And Over

CHICAGO (CBS) — O’Hare International Airport is among the hubs where the Transportation Security Administration has decided to ease security screening for passengers age 75 or older.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, starting next Monday, the TSA will start testing the new procedures at O’Hare, as well as Denver, Orlando, and Portland international airports.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

The 75-and-over passengers will no longer have to remove their shoes and light outerwear. The approach is similar to a recent change in screening methods for children.

The move comes after several elderly passengers recently complained about excessively intrusive searches.

TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos says the agency is moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach to screenings.

“Intelligence tells us that certain groups present less risk. Children and passengers over 75 are among those, so we’re testing to see, operationally, if this will work in an airport setting,” he said.

Also this month, the TSA launches its expedited screening for qualified frequent fliers who pre-register.

  • German Leprechaun

    TSA is finally beginning to learn how to profile! Maybe after another 11 years, they’ll start looking at middle eastern males aged 20-30, by which time the terrorist profile will have changed to include more females and other nationalities!!

    • mogambo


    • Coco

      Yeah well if that it is the case
      your name says it all
      you must be a nazi and ira idiot!!

      • German Leprechaun

        Go back to liberal-land, fool.

  • Tom

    Possibly the TSA should hire people with a brain and a sense of fairness instead of slacking off on the outrageous 75 year old fliiers!

    • Coco

      I could not agree with you more Tom. Remember when they would just randomly pick a seat, it happpened to a 80 year old woman coming back to Chicago from Vegas, in 2002, we were on that flight. They stripped her down to her underwear and bra in another room. Her daughter was mortified. I don’t know if she sued United or the TSA but she cried the whole 3 and a half hour flight back. She said she felt as if she had been raped.

      These people aren’t trained, they have no education above a high shool diploma as a requirement, they have no idea the mental impact of conducting a strip search in another room. And neither do police officers… especially ones that have been on the force before it was a requirement to have some college.

      These days you are guilty UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT..
      and if you deny the search you must have something to hide..
      how about your dignity?

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