Travelers and travelers from around the world can expect to be screened by a new, more aggressive TSA screening process this week in the United States.
The new policy — called the “travel trailer rental” rule — is aimed at protecting travelers from travelers from certain countries, according to a blog post from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).TSA officials have previously warned that travelers from these countries are more likely to try to sneak past TSA agents during their searches.
“The current screening process is designed to prevent these foreign travelers from gaining entry into the United State by circumventing the checkpoint and traveling to another country,” the agency said.
“Therefore, we are proposing to update the screening process to require that travelers be screened in a similar fashion to those screened at U.S. airports and ports of entry.”
This rule comes in response to concerns that the new screening process will allow for “overriding security protocols that do not require prior approval from a TSA agent,” according to the TSA.
In the post, the TSA said it was working with other agencies to ensure that the screening procedures are as fair and effective as possible, and to provide travelers with information on how to avoid problems during the screening.
“In light of the recent threats against our nation, we need to do everything possible to keep our nation safe and protect its citizens from the very real threat of terrorism,” the TSA wrote.
“To that end, we will continue to provide additional resources to help keep our airports and the communities they serve safe.”