In a move that is sure to please many parents, the Transportation Security Administration will no longer ask children under 12 to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints and will take steps to avoid invasive pat-downs.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the changes to Congress on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
To avoid pat-downs on kids, screeners will send them through detectors and image machines multiple times and use hand swabs to check for traces of explosives, the AP reports.
Still, some children may be required to randomly undergo these checks. “There will always be some unpredictability built into the system,” Napolitano said.
The move comes after several incidents of children being screened in a way that outraged parents and members of the public. Selena and Todd Drexel posted a video of their 6-year-old being frisked in areas they felt were not appropriate.