TSA reviewing airport pat-down method

A TSA agent waits for approval to release travelers as they go through airport security at the screening area of the Richmond International airport in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

November 23, 2010 2:28:54 PM PST
Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole says the agency is asking government security experts if there is a way to make the security pat-down less invasive but just as thorough.

Pistole says there are no modifications planned as yet for the invasive pat-downs that make some air travelers uncomfortable.

Undercover tests by government security experts factored into the Obama administration's decision to use a more thorough pat-down so that screeners can catch a bomb hidden in a traveler's underwear.

A man charged in an attempt to bomb an airliner last Christmas Day is alleged to have hidden a bomb in his underwear.