Airport full-body scanners no longer optional, if the TSA screener doesn’t like you

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At their sole discretion, and without any public guidelines, TSA agents can now opt you back into the full-body scanner, even if you opt out.

Though the document in which this policy change was announced includes a “principle of transparency” that states “There should be no system the existence of which is a secret,” if there is any guideline limiting when a TSO can force you through a scanner, that guideline is a secret.

TSA is updating the AIT PIA to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability of individuals to opt out of AIT screening in favor of physical screening. While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security

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