Controversial TSA Pat-Down Policy Not Changing

By Scott Sarvay

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The head of TSA admits the new pat-down policy in airports is "more invasive" but says the policy is not changing.

Speaking before a Senate Committee Wednesday morning, TSA Administrator John Pistole said he knows the new pat-down is invasive, but adds that the government must provide the best security for all travelers.

Pistole says, “It is clearly more invasive. The purpose of that is to obviously detect those types of devices we had not seen before, for example, last Christmas. The bottom line is: we need to provide for the best possible security."

Senator Clair McCaskill of Missouri says she doesn't mind the pat downs, in fact she likens them to a sign of affection.

McCaskill says, “I have had my love pats, every single flight I've have taken which is at least twice a week for the last four years of my life because I have a knee replacement. So I am wildly excited about the notion that I can walk through a machine, instead of getting my dose of love pats,”

But others don't feel the same. There is an Internet led call for air passengers to resist the new scanners and opt for the pat downs tying up security.

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