WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Transportation Security
Administration is asking travelers for their cooperation as the
government tightens security during the busy holiday travel season.
TSA chief John Pistole will be seen in a new video and other
public service efforts at airports across the country. Security
screeners are preparing for long lines and frustrated travelers
during the Thanksgiving rush on Wednesday, the busiest travel day
of the year.
Pistole's announcement comes amid backlash against the
government's use of 10-second full-body imaging machines and new
invasive pat-downs that can take as long as four minutes.
Pistole explains that passengers have the options of private
pat-downs if they prefer not to undergo screenings.