TSA relaxes rules on airport screening for travelers 75 and older

Travelers 75 years old and older will be allowed to leave their shoes and a lightweight jacket on when they pass through airport screenings at four U.S. airports starting Monday, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.

It’s part of a pilot program that also allows older passengers to pass through metal detectors or body scanners more than once to resolve security issues if an alarm goes off. “We know people in that population and age group pose a lower risk to security,” TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says. “We’re trying to reduce the number of pat-downs.”

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