The Transportation Safety Administration quietly changed the rules when it comes to electronic body screenings ahead of the glut of holiday traffic

While passengers used to be able to opt out of the screenings in favor of thorough pat downs, there may no longer be an alternative for some.

According to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security last Friday, “TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers.”

The report doesn’t describe in what circumstances the mandatory Advanced Imaging Technologies screenings may be enforced. The change is meant “to safeguard transportation security.” The body scanners should be familiar to travelers; they are the hulking, glassed-off machines you step into after dropping your carry-on bags off for inspection. As part of the screening, passengers must lift their arms above their head as a sensor whooshes by. Read more…

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Skipping electronic body scans may no longer be an option for some, TSA says