Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security of passengers – only the TSA agents. That's the word being discussed on dozens of online forums and postings after it was noted that the agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions. TSA officials in both national and regional offices declined to respond to inquiries about the policy for changing gloves to prevent an infection that may be on the clothes or body of one passenger during a pat-down by TSA agents from being transmitted to other passengers, including children, in line. "These thugs are protecting themselves from you. You need to be protected from them," she wrote. "In a hospital, nursing home, in-home care, or even labs, that would never even be considered an option." ABC reported one of its news employees documented how a TSA worker reached inside her underwear. "The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around," the ABC employee said in the network's report. "It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate." Read More Here
BTW ... new ABC poll now says that 50% say that the TSA "pat downs" go to far and 48% say they are justified.
Answer by lovinangels at 3:48 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
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Answer by tnmomofive at 5:09 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
Apparently it is NOT TSA policy to change gloves in between enhanced pat downs/gropes...but as the following reporter suggests, "it should!" Ya think?!
I guess it's up to the screener to decided when to change them. And I am assuming that would only be before/after breaks and shift changes. Ew!
"Latex glove issues might seem minor, but there ought to be procedures to require TSA screeners to don fresh gloves each time they encounter a new passenger."
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:05 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
Answer by chotovec82 at 7:52 PM on Nov. 23, 2010
I would think that it would be required to change gloves if it comes in contact with a passenger's skin. Think of how easy it is to pass some things along. I wouldn't doubt that it would be much easier to pass along a flesh eating disease to an unknown amount of passengers just by touching one person who carries the virus. The TSA is really setting themselves up for a huge amount of litigation if they don't change their policy and procedures. And then we will see the results of that in higher airfares.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:38 PM on Nov. 23, 2010