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After criticism, TSA announces easier screenings for injured American soldiers

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

The Transportation Security Administration announced plans today to make it easer for injured American soldiers or veterans to pass through security.

The announcement comes after traveling U.S. soldiers complained last week that one of their fellow soldiers was made to remove is prosthetic limb and stand during a security screening at an Arizona airport.

“In recognition of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, we have revised our screening requirements to allow expedited screening for this trusted group of citizens,” TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski, told the Air Force Times.

The TSA says that service members no longer will need to remove their shoes, jackets or hats at airport security checkpoints but that they have to call ahead to the Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center to get permission – making the relaxed security measures a largely cosmetic change.

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