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Adult companion to minor(s) under 12 years are also exempted from TSA strip searches?

Adult companion to minor(s) under 12 years are also exempted from TSA strip searches?

Old Mar 21, 12, 4:24 pm
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Adult companion to minor(s) under 12 years are also exempted from TSA strip searches?

It seems to work that way for the most part.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
It seems to work that way for the most part.
Yes, it is official policy, or at least quasi-official. Seen it many, many times, at many airports, usually while waiting for my opt-out.
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Old Mar 21, 12, 6:59 pm
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Good to know. The Mrs. and I are going from MCI to OGG and back with our 12yo neice next month.
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Old Mar 23, 12, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by Rondall View Post
Good to know. The Mrs. and I are going from MCI to OGG and back with our 12yo neice next month.
Sadly it is "under 12", not 12 and under. Your niece is not exempt.
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Old Mar 23, 12, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Bogwoppit View Post
Sadly it is "under 12", not 12 and under. Your niece is not exempt.
For domestic travel, how will the TSA know if someone is under 12 years of age or is 12 years of age? Asking won't always give them the answer they want.

If I were once again an enterprising 11 year old, I would hang out at airports and use my miles for refundable tickets to go airside with passengers wanting a companion to skip part of the TSA's junk checks.
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
For domestic travel, how will the TSA know if someone is under 12 years of age or is 12 years of age? Asking won't always give them the answer they want.

If I were once again an enterprising 11 year old, I would hang out at airports and use my miles for refundable tickets to go airside with passengers wanting a companion to skip part of the TSA's junk checks.
Yea, but the whole 'rent an eleven year old' business plan has its own problems.
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Old Mar 23, 12, 2:49 pm
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I have seen when otherwise "very suspicious guy" with a baby in hands would be shown to WMD without any hesitation. There would not be any pat downs either. Just big green light all the way.
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Old Mar 23, 12, 3:15 pm
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More of a bag check then?

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Yea, but the whole 'rent an eleven year old' business plan has its own problems.
.... as in the TSA's ability to determine age is no more effective than its ability to detect sealed explosives in the digestive tract of a nutcase?

Seems like you have given the "unaccompanied minor" issue a lot of thought.

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How about a realistic-looking sleeping newborn doll in arms?
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Old Mar 23, 12, 10:58 pm
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
It seems to work that way for the most part.
At BUR last year, I saw a lady Traveling by herself with 2 toddlers and a baby (+ a stroller) get a pat-down. The stroller failed the swab test. They let her hold the baby in the opposite side that she was patted down and then she could switch sides. Poor thing, she had 2 boys standing to the side. What would have happened if they decided to walk away?
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Old Mar 23, 12, 11:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Bogwoppit View Post
Sadly it is "under 12", not 12 and under. Your niece is not exempt.
Quote from TSA's website page on travelling with children; http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...ren/index.shtm

"As part of our risk-based, intelligence-driven approach to security, TSA recently implemented modified checkpoint screening procedures for passengers 12 and under. These new screening procedures include allowing multiple passes through the walk through metal detector and advanced imaging technology to clear any alarms as well as the greater use of explosives trace detection technology. Passengers 12 and under are also now able to leave their shoes on. To learn more about these procedures, click..."

I know, I know, "The website is out of date." Will be printing this out to carry through the checkpoint. She will also not be making any trips through the AIT at OGG if we can avoid it.
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Originally Posted by average_passenger View Post
At BUR last year, I saw a lady Traveling by herself with 2 toddlers and a baby (+ a stroller) get a pat-down. The stroller failed the swab test. They let her hold the baby in the opposite side that she was patted down and then she could switch sides. Poor thing, she had 2 boys standing to the side. What would have happened if they decided to walk away?
When last year? The rules changed last year but well into the year.
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Originally Posted by average_passenger View Post
At BUR last year, I saw a lady Traveling by herself with 2 toddlers and a baby (+ a stroller) get a pat-down. The stroller failed the swab test. They let her hold the baby in the opposite side that she was patted down and then she could switch sides. Poor thing, she had 2 boys standing to the side. What would have happened if they decided to walk away?
I think that is what they are concerned about, and why they allow those with kids to go through the WTMD. I've once or twice tried to stay close (not so close it is creepy though ) to a woman with kids hoping they would think I was the dad, but sometimes the age isn't right . I think it has worked once or twice, as I got to go through the WTMD right after the woman.
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Old Mar 24, 12, 1:46 pm
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I was discussing with my kids (11, 13, 15) that this would be a summer job..."escorting adults through security... "

They could buy a refundable tickets and offer their services just outside security. Should work....

Yes, I can confirm that kids are better than an executive platinum card (in reference through avoiding nudoscopes)
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IAD this AM the screener allowed a woman to carry her 2-3 year old through the WTMD.
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