The Boston Herald reports that Transportation Security Administration screeners at Logan International Airport are testing what one official called an "enhanced patdown." It lets screeners use a palms-forward, slide-down search procedure on passengers' bodies.
It replaces the old back-of-the-hand patdown for passengers who don't want to go through full-body scanning machines.
The TSA says the new procedure is also being tested at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas before a national rollout.
The ACLU questions whether the new technique is effective enough to justify what it calls a "seemingly constant erosion of privacy."