The TSA quietly changes body scanning rule

Posted at 12:33 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 13:33:09-05

Hopping on a plane for Christmas? Listen up. The TSA quietly changed the rules and some passengers won't be allowed to opt out of those full body scans.

With Tuesday, expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, some lines could be even longer, thanks to an added level of security
It's called Advance Imaging Technology (AIT) and initially, critics panned the idea because they called the scanners intrusive and virtual strip searches

As a result, TSA gave passengers the chance to opt out.

But, with a new update to its protocol, not everyone will be able to do that. The agency can make someone go through the body scanner for "warranted security considerations,” as part of its “direct mandatory” body scanning.

A DHS investigation this summer showed 95% of the time, they were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through the checkpoint.

So fair warning, with Tuesday volume of travelers, airlines urge travelers to get to the airports two hours before their scheduled departure for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights.