TSA Relaxes Rules for Senior Citizens

May 14, 2012

By Jessica Debbas

EUGENE, Ore. —┬áThe new rules took effect Monday, May 14.

They keep seniors from tussling with clothes and shoes while standing in line.

Seniors will now be allowed to leave their shoes and light sweaters and jackets on when going through security lines.

The goal is to allow officers to better focus their efforts on those who are more likely to pose a security risk.

But some travelers question the fairness of the new rules.

The pilot program debuted at Portland International Airport in mid-March.

Three other international airports in the US rolled out the new rules at the same time.

Now four other Oregon airports will use the new guidelines.

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