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Albany International overcomes security measure obstacles

While the news has run rampant with passenger complaints over new security measures brought on by the Transportation Security Administration, the agency claims the reports on the new procedures have not been accurate.

The media has blown this out of proportion to such a degree, said TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis. "Passengers are complimenting us and are happy with what we've been doing."

Before boarding a plane, passengers must undergo a full body scan by using one the Advanced imaging technology machines, or they can opt out and be administered a pat down, which TSA Administrator John Pistole has admitted is a more invasive than previous pat downs.

In Albany International Airport's case, since they do not have the AITs in place, if a passenger sets off an alarm when they go through a metal detector and the issue can't be resolved, they must then be administered a pat down. Albany International spokesman Doug Myers said on Nov. 24, one of the busiest traveling days of the year due to the holiday, that there were no complaints coming from passengers.

"Our average line today was 5-8 minutes," Myers said. "People were surprised they could walk right up to our check point,"

The airport reviews projected statistics of passenger loads and ticket loads and analyzes how much staff they will need for the day, said Myers. With the new security measures, he has advised that passengers arrive 90 minutes before the flight.

"It seems to have worked very well today," he said, adding that they will most likely follow the same procedures during the Christmas travelling period.

Davis said that while Albany International is "well suited" for the machines, that she hasn't seen a plan for when the will be put in place.

"It's a complex endeavor," she said. "They're large, heavy ad tall. Screening equipment would need to be relocated and electrical requirement would have to be put in plance.

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