Obama: 'I understand frustrations' over TSA pat-downs

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November 21, 2010 01:56

 
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President Barack Obama has asked security officials whether there's a less intrusive way to screen US airline passengers than the pat-downs and body scans causing a holiday-season uproar.

For now, they've told him there isn't one, the president said Saturday in response to a question at the NATO summit in Lisbon."I understand people's frustrations," Obama said, while acknowledging that he's never had to undergo the stepped-up screening methods.



Passengers at some US airports must pass through full-body scanners that produce a virtually naked image. If travelers refuse, they can be forced to undergo time-consuming fingertip examinations, including of clothed genital areas and breasts, by inspectors of the same sex as the passenger.

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