If you are planning to visit distant friends & family this Thanksgiving, remember to give yourself extra time for security screenings of an estimated 3.6 million Americans traveling by air.
The combination of large crowds and recent terrorist attacks will certainly slow the screening process. You may endure more questions from TSA officers about your identity, travel itinerary and luggage. You may be asked to submit to millimeter wave advanced imaging technology or walk-through metal detectors. However, passengers have the option to request a pat-down as an alternative. Pat-downs will also be required upon random request or if you trigger an alarm. Still, passengers do have civil rights and TSA security measures cannot discriminate against travelers on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation and parental status.
Travelers can seek redress for violation of their rights through the DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). If the matter is not resolved by TRIP, further options are available for administrative appeal or ultimately, through the courts.
Martucci Law joins all Americans in giving thanks to God for the many blessings we have received throughout the year; and especially thank those men and women who keep us safe and protect our freedom from threats at home and abroad.