TSA Changes It's Policy to Be More Sensitive to Children

By Scott Sarvay

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Following quite a bit of scrutiny and controversy, the TSA has changed their policies regarding screenings involving children.

Under the new federal TSA rules, there will be fewer pat downs for passengers 12-years-old or younger.

Children will also be allowed to keep their shoes on, and they'll be allowed more passes through metal detectors or full-body scanners if they go off.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says, “We hope over the coming weeks and months we'll be able to begin rolling that out. It does require additional training of all of the thousands of TSA officers and that's underway.”

It's not clear exactly how long it will take to fully implement the new guidelines.

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