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TSA screening procedures discussed in Houston

Monday, November 22, 2010

Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee vowed to monitor the screening process over the next couple of days to ensure passengers are treated with dignity.

Jackson Lee had a news conference at Bush Intercontinental Airport Monday afternoon and called for more behavioral screening prior to body scans and pat downs.

"We will begin to assess the present strategy that we're using, we will begin to be using behavioral and other tactics to reassess how we can best secure America by not standing down from the procedures we have now," said Rep Sheila Jackson Lee.

She also said she respects the right to protest the procedures, but also asks the American public to accept their role as a patriot during the war on terror.

The press conference came as the TSA looks at possible changes. John Pisole, the head of the TSA, said on Monday that while no changes are imminent, the TSA is reviewing its passenger screening methods to make them as minimally invasive as possible.

"We're going to look at how can we do the most effective screening in the least invasive way knowing that there's always a trade-off between security and privacy," Pistole said.

On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, travelers across the country plan to boycott the use of the full body scanners in protest of the government's new aggressive screening process.

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