LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The TSA's new safety practices at airport security check points nationwide has caused a controversy among some people who believe the methods are too intrusive. If you are selected for a secondary screening you have two choices: a detail full body digital scan or a thorough pat down. That is, unless you fly from airports like Lake Charles Regional Airport.
"Do I understand the sensitivities to people? Yes. If you are asking if I will change them, the answer is no," said TSA Administrator John Pistole.
According to Lake Charles Regional Airport Director, Heath Allen the new rules do not seem to be too much of a burden on people flying out of Lake Charles. The increased security techniques are only needed if someone repeatedly sets off the metal detectors, and in an airport as small as Lake Charles Regional the enhanced pat down techniques are rarely needed.
"It is very infrequent that they have to actually do the secondary screening. It's one of the big benefits of flying out of a smaller market, out of Lake Charles. We don't have near the amount of volume going through the check point, at any given time," Allen said.
The Lake Charles Regional Airport currently does not have a full body scanner. If someone sets off the metal detectors, the enhanced pat down is the only option locally. Airport officials said it will be a while before the full body scanner is available in Lake Charles.