WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration is changing the way it pats down passengers at airports — moving from the screener's traditional hand pat to more of a hand-sliding motion, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
The TSA regularly reviews and updates its screening procedures, agency spokeswoman Kristin Lee said. And screeners will continue to use the pat-down method to help detect hidden and dangerous items like explosives or bomb parts.
Lee said the procedure will continue to be conducted by screeners who are the same gender as the passenger. The TSA, for security reasons, would not provide details about the differences in the new technique for pat-downs.
Replica gun forces Texas A&M lockdown
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A report of a suspected gunman at Texas A&M University had the campus on lockdown for about two hours Thursday before school officials said it was a person with a replica weapon.
Campus police received a report that a person who appeared to be carrying a rifle had been seen in Rudder Tower, a building near the student union, according to the university. A&M spokesman Lane Stephenson said the suspected gunman had been spotted by a campus driver who was on his route.
The situation at first raised fears of what happened last month when a student opened fire on the University of Texas campus in Austin before he eventually shot himself in the library.